Mexico’s National Fisheries Institute INAPESCA has been given five hectares of land by the Yucatan government for a new National Aquaculture Innovation and Development Center under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA).
The facility is to be built at the Science and Technology Park of Yucatan, in the town of Sierra Papacal, 17 kms from the city of Merida.
The centre will research species with the potential for aquaculture development in Mexico. A statement from INAPESCA notes that the institute will “promote research and technological innovation, in order to foster greater productivity and competitiveness of the national aquaculture sector.” Focus will be on the south-southeast part of the country.
The centre will feature “highly technical facilities” for the industrial production of seed and juveniles of various species. The project will also explore the development of sustainable systems, such as water-treatment and -recirculating systems for fish farms, “for reuse in agricultural activities.”
Construction of the new centre is expected to begin in the second half of the year.