Farmed tilapia. (Photo: Stock File)
Tilapia and shrimp co-farming may pose sanitary risks
Monday, August 11, 2014, 01:30 (GMT + 9)
The Aquaculture Sanitary Committee of Sonora (COSAES) recommends aquaculture producers to request the appropriate health certificate for transferring tilapia living organisms and the fishing guide.
This recommendation is aimed at preventing the onset of new diseases in the country, caused by the bacteria Francisella and Streptococcus, or the parasite Gnathostoma, among other pathogens, which would have serious health and economic consequences for the aquaculture producers of Sonora.
COSAES president, Reyes Eugenio Molina Moreno, explained that as a result of the atypical mortalities in shrimp production centres, some farmers conducted controlled tests using sets of tilapia and shrimp biocultures.
The aquaculture producers’ idea is to try to reduce the economic impact caused by the bacterial in the crustacean. COSAES warns that although this practice has been successfully developed in other countries, it carries certain risks.
For this reason, this entity from Sonora intends to continue monitoring the transfer of tilapia fingerlings in Internal Verification Point of Estación Don.
In addition, it will request state and federal authorities to support it while developing monitoring activities in gravel road gaps in the south of the state and other introduction points, informed Kiosco Mayor.
Molina Moreno reiterated the call for producers to meet the requirements defined by the authority in order to preserve the aquaculture sanitary conditions in Sonora.
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