Aquaculture: 20 Floating Cages in Our Lagoons Soon

7 years, 11 months ago - February 04, 2014
Fisheries plans to acquire 20 floating cages for aquaculture in excess of eight already installed to date. That, to meet the growing interest expressed by fishermen for small-scale aquaculture. Rs 8 million will be allocated for this project.

According to the Ministry of Fisheries, aquaculture accounts for nearly 46% of the fish supply and the growing demand for this product continues to grow. Note that the Albion Fisheries Research Centre is currently implementing a pilot project for growing crabs.

"If the project takes shape, a 'lagoon' will be selected around the island to store small crabs," said Wednesday, a senior official of the ministry to le Matinal. Adding that these crabs will also be available to fishermen for cultivation in an appropriate framework.

Mauritius tries to follow in the footsteps of Malaysia in terms of the culture of crabs. "In Malaysia, these crabs are reared individually in boxes and we want to adopt this system in Mauritius," he has said.

Aquaculture is an industry that is booming worldwide and has real potential. "The government has taken many measures for the fishing community and it is certain that aquaculture will allow anglers to reap benefits in the long term," he said.

According to official figures from the Ministry of Fisheries, the fishing industry generates sales of about Rs 18.4 billion, or 1% of gross domestic product and represents more than 12,000 direct jobs and 24 000 indirect jobs, and 20% of exports. Another ongoing project by the Ministry of Fisheries, that the establishment of coral farms to improve the marine ecosystem. 

 

Text by Le Matinal

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