Mussel farming. (Photo: Stock Fle/FIS)
Spanish aquaculture diversifies
Friday, October 07, 2011, 22:50 (GMT + 9)
Companies, universities and research centres presented their experiences with bluefin tuna, turbot, multi-trophic aquaculture and mussel, among other species, during the first day of the XIV Forum of Marine Resources and Aquaculture of the Galician Estuaries.
According to the available information, soon the Spanish aquaculture could incorporate other resources such as seaweed, sea urchins, sandworms and goose barnacles.
During the first day of the Forum, representatives of the company Futuna Blue España presented the progress of the juvenile bluefin tuna breeding centre, based in Andalucia.
It is estimated that this plant could produce up to 12 million bluefin tuna larvae and a million bluefin tuna fry annually.
Meanwhile, Javier Cremades, a researcher at the University of A Coruña, said multi-trophic aquaculture is undergoing a historic moment, but he said that it should be linked to the development of seaweed cultivation and its subsequent economic upgrading.
In addition, the environment respect and a more efficient use of resources are sought.
Besides, Javier Ojeda, manager of the Business Association of Marine Aquaculture Producers of Spain (Apromar), warned that the negative impact on the competitiveness of the aquaculture industry produced a fall in the innovation capacity of the sector.
Ojeda considers aquaculture is affected by subsidies and aids because of the imbalance in the trading capacity and the insufficient information that consumers are given.
In connection with the certification of carbon traces and its application in the aquaculture sector -- mussels and turbot -- Ian Vásquez Rowe, a researcher at the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), explained that the analysis of these traces is a growing trend in the countries of the European Union (EU).
On the other hand, Rodrigo Burgos, representative of Kreathion Investment Company, said that "times have always been difficult" to invest in European aquaculture. Anyway, he noted that there is a high demand to supply the EU market.
In addition, he stated that it is important to know whether to develop a generic aquaculture, which is low in cost, or a gourmet aquaculture.
By Friday 7 October, it has been planned the organization of the XXIII Cycle called Farming the Sea, in the fishermen's association of O Grove, held together with the Fishermen's Association of O Grove.
On this occasion, three guests will address the emerging farming opportunities.
The current status of sea urchin farming in Europe will be headed by José Luis Catoira, a researcher from the Ministry of Marine Affairs, sandworm farming will be discussed by François Huber, from the University of Algarve (Portugal) and goose barnacle farming will be presented by John Folgar, representative of Folgar Group.
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By Analia Murias