Oceanfarm red porgy. (Photo Credit: Ocean Farm)
First concession granted for mariculture
Tuesday, April 09, 2013, 23:40 (GMT + 9)
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fisheries (Magap) granted Ocean Farm SA the first concession to develop mariculture activity.
According to the Ministerial Agreement No. 025-2013-M, the company, located in the town of Manta, will be able to use an extension of 86.70 hectares of marine area, corresponding to the effective concession area whose culture system is 35.78 hectares located 9.5 miles from the district of Jaramijó.
The deadline for the implementation of the project is in 10 years.
Santiago Mendoza, general manager of the company, expressed his gratitude to the administration of the Vice Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries of Magap because for five years they have been waiting for this initiative to take place.
Oceanfarm SA executive explained that in 100 days a new farming system purchased in the United States will reach the country, with cutting-edge technology adopted in Mexico, Panama, US and Asia.
The novel system includes a series of cages where farming is performed and marine species are developed.
The species that may be used for performing mariculture activity are huayaipe, red porgy and shrimp.
The ministry reported that the implementation of this project will take place in stages.
The company representatives indicated that in the long term an investment of USD 5 million is expected.
The head of the Vice Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries of Magap, Guillermo Moran, stressed that Oceanfarm SA is the first firm to benefit, among other firms that also began the process to obtain the concession.
The deputy minister explained that there will be a transformation process of the productive matrix proposed by the national government, whose aim is to effectively strengthen and diversify the production and industrial sectors of the country.
For the Ecuadorian authorities, fisheries and aquaculture are strategic activities of the national economy.
Mendoza ensured the projection of the company is to have recourse to the Production Code of Ecuador (COPCI) in order to sign an investment contract with the national state.
Mariculture is successfully developed with certain species in several countries: Chile, Peru, Spain, Mexico, Norway, United States, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, among others.
The Ecuadorian government expects the private sector can achieve the full development of mariculture in the next 10 years.
By Analia Murias