Shrimp ponds. (Photo: Dirnea)
Census of 110 shrimp farms conducted in Esmeraldas
Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 23:40 (GMT + 9)
The Department of Coasts of the National Directorate of Aquatic Spaces (Dirnea) reported that so far 110 shrimp farms settled in Esmeraldas have been inspected as part of the census of shrimp farms initiated by the national government in February.
The surveyed facilities cover an area of 3,805.9 hectares.
The inspectors toured the various counties and rural municipalities of Esmeraldas in order to gather information from the premises and determine their status.
The shrimp farms that were visited were in San Lorenzo, San Antonio, Pampanal de Bolívar, Tambillo, La Tolita, Santa Rosa, El Porvenir, Buenos Aires, La Tolita de los Ruano, Valdez, Canchimalero, La Tola, Olmedo, El Cuerval, Las Peñas, Las Mareas, Lagartillo, Rocafuerte, Rioverde, Palestina, Esmeraldas, Los Mangos, Atacames, Tonchigue, Muisne and San Gregorio.
The data collected during the census are still being processed.
The implementation of Dirnea process was supported by the Marine Battalion San Lorenzo, the Port Authority of San Lorenzo, the Port Authority of Esmeraldas, the Naval Patrol of Muisne, the Port Authority of Bahía and the Ministry of Environment of Esmeraldas.
Furthermore, it was possible to receive the willingness and cooperation of the staff dedicated to aquaculture, Radio Sucre reported.
The census process will continue in Manabí, from 21 May. This Ecuadorian town will work for about two months.
Dirnea staff will conduct a census of the shrimp farms, update the Dirnea Cadastral System for shrimp farms and determine the status and legal situation of the facilities settled in the coastal area of the country, especially in San José de Chamanga, Beche, Cheve and Isla Argandoña.
In Manabí it is expected to inspect about 50 shrimp farms per week, and complete from 1,000 to 1,500 hectares.
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By Analia Murias