Aquaculture facilities in Bay d'Abra. (Photo: Ilha Peixe/Stock File/FIS)
White seabream production starts
Monday, October 03, 2011, 23:40 (GMT + 9)
Next year an aquaculture company in Madeira will start farming white seabream (Diplodus sargus), a species "highly demanded by consumers," and with great "potential for creating value," according to the Regional Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources.
"The consideration of white seabream production for the first time facilitates the diversification of the range of the species produced in aquaculture in Madeira, which has so far been represented only by the gilthead seabream, whose production will continue," the head of the Secretariat, Manuel António Correia, reported.
The official from Madeira highlighted that "after trying this production for long,” in the Mariculture Centre in the region, located in Calheta, there were about 120,000 juvenile white seabreams to be delivered to the company Ilha Peixe.
It is expected that the company will produce about 42 tonnes of white seabream, whose first-sale value is estimated at EUR 250,000, Lusa news agency reported.
To implement this initiative, the Government of the region and the European Union (EU) invested EUR 338,000.
This funding will expand the capacity of the floating cages installed in the Bay d’Abra by replacing four cages of 40 metres in diameter by four other new ones that are 60 metres in diameter.
Thus, the company expects an increase in production from 400 tonnes to 574 tonnes.
Currently, the company owns eight cages, seven of which are used to farm about 1.4 million gilthead seabreams while reserving the eighth cage for the 120,000 white seabreams.
"Madeira has excellent conditions for aquaculture production, since the average temperature of the sea in winter is higher than that of continental Europe," said Correia.
According to the data provided by the Secretariat, the regional market of aquaculture accounts for about EUR 2 million.
By Analia Murias