Oyster farming. (Photo: AECID)
Pará getting ready for a sharp jump in oyster production
Friday, August 23, 2013, 03:00 (GMT + 9)
It is expected that16 aquaculture parks to be installed in Pará will allow this state to increase its native oyster production 25 times and change from the current 280 tonnes to 7,000 tonnes per year.
The project is divided into four towns -- Salinópolis, Curuçá, São João da Ponta and São João de Pirabas -- and covers a total of 166 hectares of areas for aquaculture.
The proponents of the initiative aim to create about 700 direct and indirect jobs.
According to Maria Fernanda Nince, National Secretary of Aquaculture Planning and Management, this project will move "the state's economy significantly," will improve the quality of life of the farmers in Pará and, consequently, will increase the supply of fish to the population.
Out of the total marine aquaculture parks, four already have licenses for their development, according to state environmental standards. These parks are located in the towns of Salinóplis and São João da Ponta. Altogether they cover 10.8 hectares and it is expected that about 450 tonnes of native oysters are annually produced.
The 12 remaining parks will be subject to simplified environmental permits.
"They are being analyzed by the Ministry of Development of La Union (SPU) for the start of the bidding process of the areas," stated Nince.
These parks have the capacity to produce about 6,585 tonnes of oysters per year, according to the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture (MPA).
It is also expected that the bidding process for the transfer of water parks is open in October.
"With that, the parks must be fully implemented this year," the official explained.
In Pará, aquaculture is encouraged in the reserve of the Tucuruí Hydroelectric Power Plant, which houses one of the eight largest aquaculture areas of the country.
Brazil currently has 27 large aquaculture parks in marine environments and hydroelectric reservoirs.
The National Secretariat for Planning and Management of Aquaculture of the MPA intends to streamline development policies of the sector to meet one of the federal government's priorities: to promote aquaculture at national level so that in 2030 Brazil can reach the expectation of the FAO and can become one of the largest producers in the world, with a level of 20 million tonnes of fish per year.
By Analia Murias