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Sea Cucumber Mariculture Grow-out


Dr. Arlenie Rogers, Sea cucumber lead researcher and marine research fellow at the University of Belize Environmental Research Institute (UB ERI) continues to make advances to develop sea cucumber aquaculture in Belize through a recent visit to a sea cucumber hatchery and mariculture facility at the Instituto Tecnologico de Lerma (ITL) in Champoton, Mexico.

This visit was part of a series of capacity building efforts which stemmed from a stakeholders meeting organised by Dr. Rogers in July, 2016. It was funded by Bel-Euro Aquaculture Ltd. through an ongoing sea cucumber aquaculture project in Southern Belize and took place at a facility jointly funded and managed by the ITL and Aquacultura 2000, a private aquaculture facility. Attending the training were shrimp farm managers John Sansone, Eric Pixabaj and Kwame Raynolds from Bel-Euro, Linda Thornton from Cardelli Farms, Armando Ramirez from Rio Grande Fishing Cooperative and UB ERI student volunteer Kevin Novelo.

The training allowed participants to obtain more knowledge on sea cucumber aquaculture and grow-out environments and established networks for collaboration. The visit included an overview of the hatchery, juvenile grow-out, a shrimp farm visit and mariculture grow-out cages.

UB ERI appreciates and welcomes this type of partnership and thanks the ITL Director C.P. Javier Garcia Gonzales and Ingeniero Jose Luis Arazabala and Aquacultura 2000 investor Roberto Aguilera Alfaro and sea cucumber aquaculture manager Vulcano de Leon for welcoming the visit.

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