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Nov 27, 2019

Belize Seaweed Mariculture Project Launched

The Belize Seaweed Mariculture Project was launched today in Placencia.  The project is a joint venture between the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service, BELTRAIDE, and the Nature Conservancy Belize, TNC, with financial support from Compete Caribbean, through the Inter-American Development Bank.  The project aims to support increased fisheries productivity for traditional fisher-folks in Belize, through the development of sustainably farmed seaweed. It will also focus on heightening the sector’s competitiveness and assist in the maintaining of product quality.  Executive Director for BELTRAIDE, Doctor Leroy Almendarez says that the project is also intended to tackle current challenges in the seaweed industry in Belize, such as capacity gaps that exist amongst traditional fisher-folks. 

 

Leroy Almendarez

Dr. Leroy Almendarez, Executive Director, BELTRAIDE

“This is something that conceptually started some time ago in terms of discussions. Compete Caribbean and the IDB saw it as a continuous support to Belize. You had groups working together, the Nature Conservancy, the TNC, you had Compete Caribbean and BELTRAIDE taking the lead. So today what happens is that it means that the project is ready to go. In terms of identification of the funding and all of that it  means that now we can proceed with a plan that we had in place in terms of increasing not only the number of farmers but seaweed production. That is one of the things we have to look at. But of course if we want to export for example, that it goes beyond just our domestic market than we have to focus on quality.”

 

We’ll have more on this in Thursday’s newscast.


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