Channel catfish. (Photo: Instituto de Acuacultura del Estado de Sonora)
Tamaulipas consolidates in catfish and tilapia production
Thursday, August 08, 2013, 01:50 (GMT + 9)
Through the Ministry of Rural Development of Tamaulipas, the local government stressed the good productions recording two aquaculture fish species: channel catfish and tilapia.
According to the head of the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Mauricio Etienne Llano, channel catfish production accounts for 87 per cent of total production of farmed fish resources.
At this time, there are three operating aquaculture facilities specializing in the production of these species fingerlings.
"Catfish production has been established as a full cycle production; there are production units engaged in the reproduction and it is performed in rustic ponds," explained the undersecretary.
As for tilapia, he stressed that although its cultivation has just begun to develop in the area, it shows growth in production and today it represents 13 per cent of the total production, according to the files of the Aquaculture Health Committee of the State of Tamaulipas (Cesatam).
The state has fingerling supplier units for the fattening aquaculture facilities and with final production or fattening units, which aims to develop the fish until they reach a market size of between 600 and 1,000 grams, according to the Administration of Tamaulipas.
Etienne Llano noted that the fish are raised in floating cages that have low volume, but with high population densities ranging from 250 to 400 organisms per cubic metre and returns of 150-250 kg/m3.
In Tamaulipas there is a primary processing plant where 50 per cent of the production is developed and where the final product is traded in a national self-service chain.
The capture is performed in most dams in Tamaulipas: Presa Marte R. Gomez, Maria Soto la Marina, Pedro J. Mendez, Rio Soto La Marina, Vicente Guerrero, La Loba, Emilio Portes Gil and República Española, among others.
By Analia Murias