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Thursday, 13 September 2012

Study to draft an aquaculture development plan for St Kitts and Nevis

According to recent updates by ZIZ , in view of the large demand for seafood in St Kitts and Nevis and the stagnant output from capture fisheries, the Department of Marine Resources (St Kitts and Nevis) has initiated a study to reveal the potential and the implementation strategy for introducing aquaculture on the islands to increase the local production of seafood.  The initial part of the study, which is supported by the European Union through the ACP FISH II programme, was performed during July-August and included consultation meetings and field visits on both St Kitts and Nevis with the aim to draft an aquaculture development plan for St Kitts and Nevis reflecting the interests of the respective island stakeholders.
The important technical outcome is that it is feasible to introduce especially marine fish farming making use of the unique natural resources of the islands such as pristine oceanic waters. However due to the risk of hurricanes a special “St Kitts and Nevis farming model” is suggested, which combines land based fish juvenile production in seawater raceways/tanks with final grow out in cages in the sea outside the hurricane season.

Source: ZIZ