Saving the Amazon with Aquaculture05 January 2009
BRAZIL - Brazil's Sustainable Amazon Plan has helped researchers pinpoint aquaculture as a resource of huge potential to help the area flourish both economically and environmentally.
According to a recent report by BrazzilMagazine, Brazil's Amazon currently produces approximately 200,000 tons of fishery products - around 20 per cent of the total Brazilian output, each year. The gross annual income generated by the activity is around 470 million reais (US$ 199 million).
The news organisation says that these figures may increase up to four times in case there is investment in improvement of the fleet, the infrastructure for processing, storage and encouragement to the consumer market. The projections were taken from the Sustainable Amazon Plan (PAS), a reference point to the problems and potentialities of the Amazon.
The governmental plan regards the Amazon Basin as having vast fishery resources and an exceptional potential for aquaculture. But the government admits that, despite this huge social ballast that fishery sustains, the activity is still of little economic importance, and aquaculture is relatively incipient.
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