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Shrimp Cage Farming Looking Promising for Ecuador

25 March 2014

ECUADOR - An experimental shrimp farm in sea cages in Puerto Engabao, being run by the National Fisheries Institute (INP) under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fisheries (MAGAP), has presented its first results.

The shrimp increased in size over a period of 15 days to 600 times their size in relation to time of planting. This is one indicator that suggests that this activity can be a success in the country.

In the first phase, shrimp was planted in one of three cages in order to collect experiences and details that may arise before, during or after planting.

One of the problems in this stage was the break in a section of the chain that makes up the anchoring system. As a result of this incident, the platform and the cage containing 100,000 larvae were washed away to a section of the beach in Puerto Engabao.

INP technicians concluded that mesh cages made of polyamide (nylon) are subject to higher biological adhesions and that nets made of nytex (polyester) require a greater frequency of cleaning.

Current oceanographic conditions favor Puerto Engabao as an area to farm shrimp as the water is rich in plankton (algae, fish eggs, etc). These organisms are of a high nutritional value for shrimp, helping influence growth and fattening. planted shrimp.

It also emerged that around the cage infrastructure a micro habitat formed. A similar phenomenon occurs in artificial reefs.

This pioneering project aims to diversify the productive matrix and provide alternatives for artisinal fishermen.

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