SAN PEDRO DEL PINATAR / The expansion of the aquaculture estate will increase production by more than 2,000 tons

The San Pedro del Pinatar aquaculture estate will expand its facilities, which will increase the production of 2,100 tons of the different species it harbors, such as sea bass, sea bream and bluefin tuna. The new dependencies will lead to the creation of 130 new jobs.

This project starts with the expansion of a first plot that will increase its capacity by 300 tons. In this regard, the Minister of Water, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Miguel Angel del Amor, who visited the aquaculture estate accompanied by the mayor of the municipality, Visitation Martinez, said that “with the first phase of the expansion will have a capacity from 1,200 to 1,500 tons. ” In addition, he stressed that “the expansion of the other six plots will be ready next summer, once the Environmental Monitoring Plan is completed, which is carried out each year in this type of facility”.

Likewise, Del Amor explained that “in the Region there are 14 marine farming facilities and a fry production plant that generate nearly 1,000 direct jobs”.

The counselor, stressed that in the Region of Murcia “total fish production reaches a value of 125 million euros, of which aquaculture contributes 108 million.” In 2017, more than 14,000 tons of production were obtained, 2,000 more than last year.

These figures place the Region at the head of the national production in seabass and bluefin tuna, and as the second autonomous community in importance in the production of sea bream.

In this line, Del Amor stressed that “the Regional Government is committed to the continued growth of the blue economy, within an integrated maritime policy, positioning the Region as a pioneer in these aquaculture activities in support of the maritime and marine sector.”

In addition, the Ministry promotes research in the aquaculture sector through the Murcian Institute for Agricultural Research and Development and Food (Imida) and the different universities in the region, which develop different projects.

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