IED-BIG president, Jose Luiz Zaganelli (Photo: Eletrobras)
Project promotes scallop production
Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 03:10 (GMT + 9)
Eletrobras Eletronuclear company will invest until 2015 BRL 2.25 million (USD 1.2 million) to produce nearly three million scallop seeds. The initiative is part of the Marine Resettlement Project of Ilha Grande Bay (Pomar) undertaken by the Institute of Environment Isla Grande Bay (IED-BIG).
The sector projections indicate that in 2012 Brazil may produce about 100,000 dozen scallops.
Taking into account that a dozen of this mollusc is paid BRL 30 (USD 16), the total business would represent about BRL 3 million (USD 1.6 million).
"If we consider that a dozen makes up 0.250 kg of scallops, we have an estimated production of 25,000 kg of scallops on the tables of Brazilians," says Jose Luiz Zaganelli, president of the IED-BIG.
The supporters of the initiative believe that the project is a good business from the commercial perspective and will help strengthen mariculture in the region and prevent the extinction of the resource.
In the mid-'90s, scallops were almost extinct as a result of trawling.
Now, the seeds are grown in the laboratory and go through a long process before being marketed.
In their first month of life, the seeds are transferred to fish farms where they live between 10 to 12 months to reach the ideal size to be sold, reported Electrobras.
In the wild, only 0.5% of the larvae survive, while in the laboratory, the survival rate increases to 2%.
Pomar production last year amounted to nearly three million scallop seeds.
Zaganelli noted that they could manage 100 per cent of domestic demand.
"The Institute demonstrated its expertise in seed production and is now working according to demand. We are able to produce up to 20 million seeds per year," he said.
At the moment, the Institute has eight fish farms in Sao Paulo and Rio, and the seeds it uses come from its shellfish larviculture laboratory.
By Analia Murias