White shrimp harvest. (Photo: Luis Eustaquio)
Chiapas committed to shrimp farming
Wednesday, January 05, 2011, 01:20 (GMT + 9)
An aquaculture farm located in Chiapas is expected to harvest 220 tonnes of Pacific white shrimp in the first cycle, with an income of MXN 13.2 million (just over USD 1 million) over the next four months.
Alberto Cruz Reyes, president of the aquaculture cooperative of the Candelaria of Mapastepec, explained that production is for domestic consumption and that they plan to offer year-round shrimp "as there is demand for the shellfish."
For this year, they have scheduled two harvests, and it is expected that by the third year they can get three harvests a year, since the Chiapas coast maintains an optimum temperature for the cultivation of shrimp throughout the year, increasing the profitability of the project.
The aquaculture company's president explained that at this early stage, by planting 15 million post-larvae that are certified, it is expected that within four months they will reach a commercial size.
Cruz Reyes said the farm - "La Candelaria" - covers an area of one hundred hectares, although in its initial stage is working on half the surface, where they have built 21 tanks measuring 2.5 hectares each. For the second phase they have planned to install a further 14 ponds on 35 acres.
The farm generates 50 direct and 50 in-direct jobs and its expansion will also double the workforce. It also has two biologists and a chemist.
Felipe Tena Villa, the project consultant biologist, said that this farm is an example of "the great ability of the coastal waters of Chiapas" for the cultivation of shrimp.
This capability lies in the quality of the water and its temperatures, which are most conducive to the cultivation of Pacific white shrimp.
The biologist explained that "the fish farms are the future for supplying the huge demand for this crustacean."
Information on the production of La Candelaria was released by the Ministry of Fisheries of the State of Chiapas, adding that the shrimp farm is marketing its crops through the company Diazteca S. A. de C. V., directly to the city of Mazatlan, Sinaloa.
By Silvina Corniola