Macroalga. (Photo: Stock File)
Macroalgae cultivation generates thousands of jobs
Thursday, October 10, 2013, 04:20 (GMT + 9)
The Secretariat of State for Fisheries and Aquaculture (Sepaq) of Alagoas is working with the federal government to implement the Development Programme of Seaweed Farming and Continental Fish Farming.
The programme is based on the experience of the coast of Rio de Janeiro, where macroalgae farming generates revenue for the regional economy.
In a first stage, this initiative will be developed in Maceio and Paripueira, in Alagoas state, where it has been estimated that about 1,500 jobs will be created.
About BRL 8 million (USD 3.6 million) is to be invested, resources that would be obtained through a parliamentary amendment by Senator Benedito de Lira, reported Aqui Acontece.
This initiative has been joined by Maceió Prefecture, through the Municipal Secretariat of Environment and Alagoas State University (Uneal).
According to Régis Cavalcante, Sepaq head, the project created by the Department was accepted by the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture (MPA) and Senator Benedito de Lira.
"We are prospecting partners and today we have met with those responsible of the extension programme and Uneal projects in order to agree on a contract extension," added the official.
Meanwhile, the municipal secretary of Environmental Protection, Rafael Wong, said the Prefecture is interested in becoming a partner and giving full support to the programme.
"Besides helping seaweed harvesting and avoiding they end up in a landfill, this project will use technology that will generate employment and income and it will be good for people in Maceio," he pointed out.
The promoters of the project highlight seaweed farming can help regulate the local marine environment and expand the fishing potential.
By Analia Murias