More artisanal fishers to benefit from national mariculture and fish farming project

[Ecuador] Santa Rosa de Salinas Artisanal Fishery Production Cooperative is another of the fishermen’s organizations that are benefitted from the Mariculture and Aquaculture Project for Aquaculture Development in Ecuador.

This project, which is implemented by the national Government through the Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries (MAP), aims to manage new production alternatives for Ecuadorian artisanal fishermen.

This cooperative of 96 members, belonging to the province of Santa Elena, actively participates in the experimental cultivation of marine macroalgae (Kappaphycus alvarezii), which stocks fish in Santa Rosa fishing creek in order to obtain raw material for carrageenan production.

As part of the commitment to coexist between this State portfolio and the artisanal fishing sector, technicians of the Undersecretariat of Aquaculture contribute by monitoring the evolution of marine macroalgae, said Maria Emilia Cevallos, director of Aquaculture Policy and Management of the institution.

“From the land, we are monitoring algae farming evolution so that, in the future, we can replicate it in places on the Ecuadorian coast that have the necessary conditions to carry this out and other projects that generate greater income for artisanal fishermen,” she explained.

Miguel Macías Mendoza, president of Santa Rosa Artisanal Fishing Production Cooperative, said that as an organization they are happy to have been taken into account for the development of this management.

“The fishery resources of the sea are being exhausted and we have looked for alternatives that can support the fishing sector and our families over time. We are motivated because we have the support of the authorities in charge of our interests,” he said.

The farming work is carried out by means of floating long line systems, composed of 20 cells of 3 x 5 metres, where the macroalgae are suspended for 45 days. Then they are harvested and stored, for which they are placed in solar dryers on land — made from bamboo cane for three or four days, until reaching 15 per cent humidity. Finally, algae are stored in labelled bags.

The area where the experimental farming is located in Santa Rosa fishing bay of Salinas, Santa Elena Province, in a 10 hectare concession area granted by the MAP through the Under-Secretariat of Aquaculture.


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