Agriculture and Balearic Aquaculture donate 2,800 sea bass to social organisations in Mallorca

Dec 25, 2022 | Current affairs, Featured, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The councillor for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mae de la Concha, visited the Port of Andratx on Monday, where 2,800 thousand sea bass, raised at the facilities of the Balearic Islands Institute for Agri-Food and Fisheries Research and Training (IRFAP), which belongs to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, have been extracted. The fish have been prepared in boxes with ice at the facilities of the Cofradía de Pescadores de Andratx (Andratx Fishermen’s Guild) for delivery to social organisations in Mallorca. De la Concha stressed that “it is a day of great satisfaction to be able to make the donation of high quality, very fresh fish to the families who need it most a reality”.

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The Balearic Aquaculture donates the fish and the Regional Ministry, through the Directorate General for Food Sovereignty Policies, is responsible for the costs of fishing the sea bass, management and logistics to get the fish to the social organisations concerned. The Cofradía de Andratx has collaborated with two boats and six sailors and has also provided the facilities where part of the fish is stored. The councillor pointed out that “there are families who regularly need a boost to fill their fridge, and now at Christmas time, they can have fresh fish, which they are sure to appreciate”. Alberto Morente, head of the company, explained that “we are proud to be able to make this donation, in this collaborative project, and give it such a nice and happy ending for the people of Mallorca”. The patron saint of the brotherhood, Josep Fresquet, remarked that “we are satisfied because this action shows that there is still humanity left and that it is done for a good purpose”.

The project, which has been carried out together with Aquicultura Balear, of the Culmarex group, has been aimed at improving the production of farmed sea bass with different commercial diets. It is a CDTI project, co-financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), which has been made possible thanks to a collaboration agreement between the Regional Ministry and the company.

The fish, some 2,800 specimens weighing approximately 800 grams each, will be distributed between Monday and Tuesday to the social organisations in Mallorca that have expressed an interest and can manage this fresh, top-quality product. A total of 2,240 kilos will be distributed, which will reach more than 3,000 families.

The event was attended by the councillor De la Concha, the director general of Food Sovereignty Policies, Aram Ortega, and the manager of the IRFAP, Georgina Brunet. Staff from IRFAP, the Balearic Aquaculture company, the Andratx Fishermen’s Guild and IMEDEA took part in the work.