Farmed tilapia. (Photo: Stock File)
Genetically improved tilapia delivered to Ivory Coast
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 03:40 (GMT + 9)
A shipment of genetically improved tilapia was delivered this week to the Government of Ivory Coast by the head of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture (MPA) from Brazil, Eduardo Lopes, continuing a relation that started more than four decades ago.
The fish came from the fish farming stations of the National Department of Works Against Drought (DNOCS) of Ceará, and its destination was Abidjan, the capital of the African country.
Last April, the governments of both nations signed a technical cooperation agreement with the goal of achieving aquaculture and fisheries recovery in the Ivory Coast.
The shipment of juvenile tilapia has the support of the Brazilian Agency for International Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In 1970, Ivory Coast sent the first tilapia matrices for the initiation of this fish cultivation in several regions in Brazil, today considered the main resource of national aquaculture.
At that time, 60 live tilapia fry were transported. With these fish as a starting point, the Brazilian technicians began working on breeding procedures to obtain tilapia able to gain weight faster.
"In Ivory Coast armed conflicts are delaying the scientific development. With the delivery of these juveniles, they are contributing for them to recover lost time," Lopes said.
The minister plans to visit several fishing companies in Abidjan. Moreover, in the framework of bilateral relations training sessions in artisanal and recreational fishing will be offered to technicians, and shrimp and shellfish farming, as well as monitoring and control of fisheries and aquaculture, informed the MPA.
By Analia Murias