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Cobia in cages

Cobia in cages

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Cobia in cages

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Marine Farms Belize brings decades of fish farming experience from its Norwegian parent together with the expertise of key staff originally from Aquaculture Center of the Florida Keys. ACFK was instrumental in developing commercially viable hatchery techniques for the larval rearing of cobia.

Since operations commenced in 2006, MFB has developed a cage farm off Robinson Point, 8 nautical miles south east of Belize City. The cage farm comprises an ongrowing area, with 24 hour security, and a nursery site near-by. The company’s office and marina are situated on the Western Highway, a location which will also house an ice plant and processing unit in future.

Initially, seed stock was supplied from the Florida hatchery but in the future all fingerlings will be produced locally in Belize. MFB is currently constructing a state-of-the-art marine fish hatchery in Dangriga. Cobia is indigenous to Belize and all parent fish for the new hatchery are from local waters.

At the end of 2007 the company had 30 employees and this number is expected to double and triple over the next few years. Since ocean farming is new to Belize, staff training and technology transfer is essential. Local staff are swiftly becoming proficient in fish husbandry and cage farming techniques.

The first fish were stocked in August 2006 and harvesting commenced one year later. The average harvest size of fish is 10-12lbs. Our initial target market is the USA; by the end of 2007 product was being flown bi-weekly to Miami, with volumes of 9-10,000lbs per movement. These amounts will increase as our expanding infrastructure and sales team allows for the logistics of handling more product. Globally the annual production of cobia is only about 20,000MT, with the majority of this being produced in Taiwan. MFB anticipate becoming a 5,000MT farm over the next few years, making it the biggest venture of its kind in the Western hemisphere.

All other companies in the MF group are vertically integrated, i.e., they have complete control over every step of production, from larval rearing through to distribution. It is hoped that MFB will also develop in this way, paving the road for Belize to become a market leader in the production of tropical food fish.

Marine Farms Belize Staff

Contact:
Marine Farms Belize
P.O. Box 1778
Mile 5 1/2 Western Highway
Belize City, Belize
Central America
Tel: 501-222-5038
Fax: 501-222-4102
E-mail: info@marinefarmsbelize.com

 
     
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