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Falklands' Aquaculture Projects Confirm Industry Feasibility

FALKLAND ISLANDS - An ambitious multi-field aquaculture project in the Falkland Islands has successfully concluded its first stage and is ready to continue advancing. However Dr. Brendan Gara, Aquaculture Development Manager at the Development Corporation is leaving after having spent two years in the Islands.

His departure coincides with the rest of his team’s celebration of their first year together, still as committed and as confident as they were at the start. But with the departure of the man behind it, is the project ready to stand on its own two feet?

“Yes, the team has everything they need and the drive to make it work,” said Dr Gara.

“This is all about the feasibility of an aquaculture industry and of encouraging skills in the Falklands.”

The last year has been a busy one for the project. An impressive- looking array of tanks, filters, fish and worms have been installed, where before only vegetables grew.

“We’ve got some fish at the moment, and we’re ready to collect brood stock in earnest now, and it won’t be long before we have a fully stocked hatchery,” Dr Garasaid.

The site is looking good, and visitors always provide positive feedback, he said: “I’m very happy with it, it looks like a proper aquaculture site, the same as you would see elsewhere in the world.”

Source: Mercopress

Ellen Hardy

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