(Left to right) J.M. Fernández Aldana, L. Rosa; Isabel Hernández, J.M. García de Lomas, María Avivar and Fernando Torrente. (Photo: Ctaqua)
Farmed meagre, a product with good potential
Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 03:50 (GMT + 9)
The Business Association of Marine Aquaculture Producers (Apromar) released the results from a study conducted to develop proposals to encourage the consumption of the Spanish meagre (Argyrosomus regius).
The research, which was commissioned to the Aquaculture Technology Centre of Andalusia (Ctaqua), was financially supported by Apromar and by the Market Regulation and Organization Fund of Fish and Mariculture Products (FROM).
The presentation of the results was attended by Isabel Hernández Encinas, FROM Secretary General; Fernando Torrent, Apromar president; and Lázaro Rosa, Ctaqua president.
The study encouragers also sought to know the valuation of the perception and the acceptance potential of the meagre potential shown by consumers.
Maria Avivar, Ctaqua researcher, highlighted the taste, texture, possibilities of being transformed and the versatility of the meagre in all kinds of cuisine preparations.
In addition, she noted that it is low-fat and it offers high-level Omega 3 oils and durable meat.
However, researchers have an important challenge: to improve the recognition of this species.
To do so, Hernández Encinas said that FROM included the meagre in a promotion campaign of aquaculture fish, to be released soon in the media.
Among the study's findings, the authors agreed on the need to market the meagre with the quality brand “Crianza del Mar”, and to process a production technical manual.
Juan Manuel Fernández Aldana, aquaculture expert with extensive experience in meagre breeding and marketing told attendees about the great potential this resource development has in the country.
The study authors have proposed a positioning strategy divided into two distinct stages and estimated that the Spanish production could reach 5,000 tonnes in 2015 and 10,000 tonnes in 2020.
Also, they consider it appropriate to adjust the supply to the potential demand.
On the other hand, the marine aquaculture production in Spain fell 9.4 per cent in volume in 2010, which was 43,888 tonnes, and 1.78 per cent in value up to EUR 220 million.
Apromar attributed this fall to the crisis, to the complications in granting credit and to bureaucracy, EFE news agency reported.
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