Authorities of the Special Secretariat of Aquaculture and Fisheries (SEAP), of the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and of the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) agreed to jointly undertake a farmed fish industry census.
The objective of the census is to obtain a map of the Brazilian aquaculture activity and to learn its true scope so as to be able to better define and orient national public policies of the aquaculture sector with more precision, per the real needs of producers.
In so doing, fish farmers will be able to organise themselves better, and produce more farmed fish as well.
The census is part of the Aquaculture Diagnostic programme, to be developed through December 2010. Other activities set forth in the programme include community-based work in shrimp and algae farming and in the co-management of coastal resources. Total investment in the project has been set at US$5 million.