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Government Develops Red Snapper Aquaculture Technology

Lucy Towers
30 April 2013, at 1:00am

MEXICO - Researchers from the National Fisheries Institute (INAPESCA) have developed a floating cage and feeding techniques that allow for the cultivation of red snapper (Lutjanus peru) and other snappers in their natural habitat.

This development should generate sources of employment in coastal riverine areas of the Mexican Pacific to increase production of red snapper.

Red snapper is currently in demand due to its flavour, colour and texture.

After several years of research, technical specialists of INAPESCA in Manzanillo and Mexico City have achieved the construction of a cage that can successfully grow up to 2,000 organisms.

Fishermen have also been trained in techniques on the proper development of the fish, handling and  sanitary condition.

They were also shown how to monitor the length and weight of the fish.

The technology will help fishermen to increase production and profitability.