Pacific red snapper, Lutjanus peru (Photo: Comepesca)
Technology developed to farm Pacific red snapper
Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 02:00 (GMT + 9)
A team of researchers from the National Fisheries Institute (Inapesca) developed floating cage and feeding techniques that will make it possible to farm Pacific red snapper (Lutjanus peru) and other types of snappers in their natural habitat.
Scientists aim to increase the production of this marine resource in high demand due to the taste and texture of its meat.
It is also expected that this initiative will help create jobs in coastal areas of the national Pacific coast, and improve fishermen’s profitability.
After several years of research, the scientists at the Regional Fisheries Research Centre of Inapesca in Manzanillo and in Mexico City were able to build a cage in which up to 2,000 specimens will be able to be farmed.
The programme, in which the specialists from the Institute participated together with the sub-delegation of Fisheries in Guerrero and of the State Government, as it is implemented in the fishing zone of Puerto Vicente Guerrero, Municipality of Tecpan de Galeana, Guerrero.
On-site wild juvenile farming work is carried out in six module cages, which are stocked with red snapper specimens of 16 cm long and weighing 100 grams on average.
In just five months, these red snappers will reach a size of 30 centimetres and a weight of 450 grams, which are appropriate parameters for sale. So far, average yields of three tonnes were obtained per culture period.
Furthermore, when the project consolidates the volume is expected to increase in the coming productive seasons, informed the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Sagarpa).
As part of this initiative, the fishermen were trained on fish feed techniques, cage management, evaluation of sanitary conditions and monitoring of height and weight, among other issues.
From Sagarpa it is highlighted that the fishermen will be able to plan the farming and fattening periods of organisms, in times of increased demand, in order to supply their buyers with quality products.
By Analia Murias