São Paulo governor, Geraldo Alckmin, intends to increase the fish production of the state five fold in 10 years. (Photo: Stockfile)
Environmental permit granting simplified to encourage aquaculture
Friday, November 16, 2012, 06:20 (GMT + 9)
The government of São Paulo state passed a decree exempting small-scale aquaculture producers from paying environmental permit fees. The aim of the measure is to simplify the process of obtaining environmental permits to develop aquaculture activities so as to enable aquaculture production growth.
In this regard, the Governor of São Paulo, Geraldo Alckmin, said that this initiative, known as Aquaculture Environmental Fast Track is intended to increase fish production five-fold in 10 years.
"Aquaculture produces around 40,000 tonnes per year and we want some 200,000 annual tonnes," he stressed.
As soon as the state decree takes effect, small-scale aquaculture producers of São Paulo would be exempt from the payment of the fees.
"Before, [to obtain the permits] it was necessary to pay BRL 19,000 (USD 9,200). Now, small-scale fish producers with dug tanks having up to five hectares; those of freshwater shrimp having five hectares; those of frogs having up to 400 square metres; and those of algae having five hectares, will not need to pay anything," the governor informed, according to Agência Brasil.
For other producers a simplified model, with fees amounting to BRL 5,500 (USD 2,665), in case of a medium-range environmental impact; and BRL 1,900 (USD 920) in case of low impact, will come into force, he added.
The Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Marcelo Crivella, believes that São Paulo has great potential for fish and aquaculture production.
"Hopefully, soon, São Paulo can produce 500,000 tonnes of fish per year," he said.
According to the Ministry of Fisheries, Brazil produces about 1.26 million tonnes of fish annually.
By Analia Murias