The program of 15 oyster farms in the Nicoya Gulf is developed, of which 9 will begin operations in November.
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Published Wednesday, September 30, 2020


$130,000-plus oyster farm program
to start in November



By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


With an investment of approximately $136,264 from the Aid Institute, the program of 15 oyster farms in the Nicoya Gulf is developed, of which 9 will begin operations in November.

Six of the farms have already started operations. There are three more located in the Florida community of  Venado Island. In the community of Montero  in Chira Island and the Costa de P├íjaros Beach a few more farms will open in November. These will be administered by 24 families from those communities.

The National Station of Marine and Coastal Sciences (ECMAR) is in charge of supplying inputs to the oyster farms. Also, the organization provides support to six more farms in the communities of El Jobo and La Cruz in Guanacaste Province, as well as five more in the Gulf of Nicoya. All of these are developing mariculture.

Oyster farms are part of the mariculture industry. It is a specialized branch of aquaculture involving the cultivation of marine organisms for food and other products in the open ocean, an enclosed section of the ocean, or in tanks, ponds or raceways which are filled with seawater.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) the countries that develop mariculture the most are France, the United States, Denmark, and Australia. The complete study of the mariculture industry can be reached at FAO website.



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