Baja California and Sonora fisheries receive investment to support sector's activities. (Photo: Conapesca, Sagarpa)
USD 64.3 million invested in fisheries and aquaculture infrastructure
Friday, January 27, 2012, 16:30 (GMT + 9)
The National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA) plans to invest this year a total of MXN 845 million (USD 64.3 million) in equipment and infrastructure works for fisheries and aquaculture in the country, in order to support the sector activities.
According to CONAPESCA Infrastructure CEO, José Manuel Soto Lopez, this budget will be distributed in:
- Fisheries and aquaculture infrastructure;
- Fishing fleet modernization and rationalization of fishing effort;
- Electrification for fish farms;
- Replacing old engines with environmental marine ones.
Of the total budget, MXN 63.9 million (USD 4.8 million) will be invested in various projects in the state of Baja California.
On the one hand, 15 boats will be modernized by investing MXN 12.4 million (USD 944,400).
In addition, MXN 9.4 million (USD 715,900) will be invested to replace 125 old and obsolete engines with new environmental marine engines.
Likewise, three public docking ramps will be built; dredging tasks and three pre-investment studies for a total of USD 42.1 million (USD 3.2 million) will be carried out.
On the other hand, the Commission plans to invest MXN 176.5 million (USD 13.4 million) for the materialisation of various projects related to fisheries and aquaculture in the state of Sonora.
In the first place, 165 boats will be upgraded thanks to a budget of MXN 133.6 million (USD 10.1 million) during 2012.
In addition, 213 old and obsolete engines will be replaced by new environmental marine engines thanks to the contribution of MXN 16 million (USD 1.2 million).
Similarly, the construction of three integral berths, a fish market, dredging tasks and two pre-investment studies for a total of MXN 26.9 million (USD 2 million) will be carried out.
CONAPESCA noted that these works seek to support fishermen and fish farmers of Baja California and Sonora, with the aim of improving the profits and sustainability of their activities, for the benefit of their own families.
By Analia Murias
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member SAGARPA - Secretaria de Agricultura, Ganaderia, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentacion