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Boost to St Kitts Aquaculture Industry

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ST KITTS AND NEVIS - The Senior Minister with responsibility for Marine Resources, Dr Timothy Harris, said that St Kitts and Nevis has a head start in developing fish farming.

During a tour of the Conaree Beach-based St. Kitts and Nevis Aquaculture Pilot Project and Environmental Research (SNAPPER), he said that that in a10 years more fish would be produced from aquaculture than would come from the sea.

The Minister was accompanied by the Senior Fisheries Officer, Joseph Simmonds to the project has been ongoing since 1999.

According to a report on ZIZ, in the past there were efforts in the Canada area of St. Kitts to start a shrimp farm, which did not succeed.

However, research into fresh water fish (tilapia) farming in brackish water has given St. Kitts a head start.

The report says the Ministry is to look into its incentive mechanisms to see how it ccan get more people to become involved with fishing.

The minister said that He explained that these would have to be people who have a certain level of preparedness, maturity, interest and knowledge to allow for ongoing self interested research, a lot of which Dr Brown has done to be able to provide the kind of stable leadership over an entity such as SNAPPER.