Maria Fernanda Nince, Aquaculture Planning and Management. (Photo: Stock File)
Environmental licensing for aquaculture projects streamlined
Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 22:50 (GMT + 9)
The National Environmental Council (Conama) has approved new national guidelines that will simplify and expedite procedures for granting environmental licenses in the field of aquaculture.
Legislation is expected to be published this month in the Official Journal of La Union and to enter into force automatically.
The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture (MPA) estimates that the license granting process for aquaculture parks could be completed in three months.
"The resolution makes the license granting process more streamlined. In the past, installation and operative licenses were needed," Aquaculture Planning and Management Secretary, Maria Fernanda Nince, stated.
"All state environmental agencies must meet the new resolution, focusing on biodiversity conservation and health protection of the farmed species," she added.
Currently, the license granting process for aquaculture in waters under the Union is carried out by state agencies with different criteria and procedures.
Now, the simplified process involves the use of native species, although species from other regions may be chosen, provided there is certainty that potential impacts can be mitigated for their capture. It also requires the submission of an aquaculture technology development draft and an environmental and monitoring study of the programme areas are presented.
Nince stated that the sector will be promoted with this new measure, as there will be flexibility in aquaculture venture bidding processes.
At this time there are open tenders for aquaculture park areas in Goiás, Mato Grosso, Tocantins, Mato Grosso do Sul, Sao Paulo and Pernambuco, Bahia, Paraná and Rio de Janeiro.
"The tender will be expensive for the large scale producer, and social for the small scale producer," added the secretary.
Aquaculture accounts for 40 per cent of the Brazilian fish production, which is about 1.3 million tonnes annually.
According to the MPA, fishing mobilizes about 800,000 professionals and employs 3.5 million people directly and indirectly.
The Ministry expects that by 2030 Brazil will be one of the two largest producers in the world, with 20 million tonnes of fish a year, Cenario MT reported.
By Analia Murias