The aquaculture license system to be enhanced. (Photo: Stock File)
Profound changes expected in aquaculture licensing system
Friday, May 04, 2012, 02:50 (GMT + 9)
The Undersecretariat of Fisheries (Subpesca) issued a draft project to implement a profound transformation of the granting system of aquaculture licenses in the country.
The central government considers these licenses should no longer be granted to "the highest bidder" but they should include a technical framework in their definition.
This implies that Subpesca will decide on the polygons or areas that are not inconsistent for the aquaculture industry, according to Estrategia.
The licenses are expected to be granted upon tender or application process. In the case of the latter, it would be for small-scale entrepreneurs not exceeding an income of 1,500 UTM a year and whose registration will be possessed by the Undersecretariat.
In the text of the draft that is in the hands of Subpesca authorities and those of the Ministry of Economy it is also stated that "no individual or legal person or persons related thereto, shall be granted licenses that are above 20 per cent of the total licensed surface from a region, defined as the total area of licensed sectors that has been determined by the Undersecretariat for the region."
"Those aquaculture licenses that have not been tendered will not be considered within a licensed surface of a region," he adds.
Moreover, the authority will require farmer associations and the National Commission for the category to define the areas in which they have interest so that they can be declared as licensed sectors.
Furthermore, Subpesca will determine the cultivation density and production limits per period for each licensed sector, "having been based on environmental, health and oceanographic conditions set in technical studies."
With regard to granting licenses, they would be performed considering the highest price offered by the respective licensed sector and no offers will be accepted if they do not reach the minimum value.
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