Frozen lobster. (Photo: Stock File)
Lobster exports soared 710 pc
Monday, February 06, 2012, 18:50 (GMT + 9)
Ceará exported 369,889 kg of frozen whole lobster in 2011, representing an impressive increase of 710 per cent over the previous year, when 45,639 kg were sent abroad.
The Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC) pointed out that the Brazilian state had USD 7.25 million in income from exports of crustaceans, compared to USD 945,489 in 2010.
According to the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture (MPA), Ceará is the largest exporter of lobster in the country.
The second state in lobster exports was Pará, with 5,443 kg, while Bahía sent abroad 2,000 kg of lobster and Pernambuco, 1,352 kg.
As reported Diário do Nordeste, the leading contributor to the excellent performance of lobster exports in Ceará is the project 'Live Lobster', created in 2009 by the MPA.
The Government encourages the sale of the whole crustacean, instead of just the tails.
Last year, Brazilian producers sent abroad lobster tails for USD 32.40 per kg and whole specimens for USD 19.78 per kilo.
The project 'Live Lobster' provides producers with equipment for the reception and preservation of live lobsters downloaded, as well as pumps and filters for recycling water, which are useful to keep the specimens alive until the time they are marketed.
"The project was implemented on an experimental basis in Ceará and ended up consolidating nationally", stressed the head of the MPA, Luiz Sérgio.
"We are now implementing it in more than three Brazilian States: Rio Grande do Norte, Paraíba and Pernambuco", added the minister.
"The initial idea was to make people get more revenue than they already had normally. The result was so good that made the fish be recovered in the trade balance, benefiting the domestic market", he said.
By Analia Murias