Farmed shrimps. (Photo: Sagarpa)
All ready for first harvest of shrimp farmed in floating cages
Friday, October 21, 2011, 04:00 (GMT + 9)
The president of the Union of Free Fishermen in the State of Sonora (UPLES), Raúl Sánchez Fourcade, anticipated that by the end of October the first harvest of shrimp farmed in floating cages that comprise the Aquaculture Corridor project will take place.
According to the leader, about 8 tonnes will be obtained in the first shrimp harvest.
This mariculture project is a pioneer in Mexico and also includes fish farming, with the transfer of yellow croaker juvenile specimens in floating cages similar to those for shrimp.
This initiative is promoted by the National Institute for Fisheries (Inapesca), whose editor in chief, Raúl Romo Trujillo, stressed that the marketing of the first harvest has already been confirmed, reported Expreso.
Sánchez Fourcade explained the project is progressing successfully thanks to the efforts of many people and the support of the authorities such as the ones from Inapesca.
The producer said that Inapesca trusted "on this initiative," which becomes an alternative to strengthen the traditional fishing activity, especially shrimp capture.
"The above proves that the development of this activity is the alternative to strengthen the traditional fishing activity in the shrimp fishery," he added according to Diario del Yaqui.
The four floating cages located in the Bay of Guaymas are home to more than 600,000 specimens of shrimp, and only 50 per cent will be extracted by late October.
As for the yellowfin croaker, its production is considered an economic and labour alternative for the fishermen of the region.
In this regard, the director of the Institute of Aquaculture of Sonora, Raúl Molina Ocampo admitted it will be known if after the captivity this species of high commercial value and interest could be developed in the wild.
By Analia Murias
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member SAGARPA - Secretaria de Agricultura, Ganaderia, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentacion