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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019. 2:39 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Compete Caribbean Facility and the Belize Shrimp Growers Association are partnering to improve sustainable production of shrimp in Belize.

 An ambitious technical cooperation program will provide funding of up to US$ 400,000 to strengthen the industry’s biosecurity infrastructure and capabilities; and establish a Biosecurity Aquaculture Zone Management Plan (BAZMP). 

The development of a BAZMP in Belize is important to minimize the risk of introducing infectious diseases into the shrimp farms and to avoid that infectious agents spread to other sites and to other susceptible species.

After the project expected completion in 2020, it is estimated that shrimp production will be raised to 10 million pounds/year, and 670 new jobs will be created, half for women.

With successful implementation of this project, Belize will be the first country in the world to implement a BAZMP covering an entire country, which will ensure the sustainability and competitiveness of the sector in international markets demanding responsibly produced seafood.

The project is the result of Cluster Development Plan (CDP) developed by the Belize Shrimp Growers Association in partnership with Compete Caribbean.

The BAZMP will be designed in close collaboration with relevant partners such as the regulatory agency – Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) and Development Finance Corporation Belize (DFC).

Through previous support from Compete Caribbean, the Belize shrimp producers received training and capacity that allowed them to successfully obtain the Aquaculture Steward Council (ASC) certification, which ensures environmentally and socially responsible production of farmed shrimp.

 

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