Last Christmas, 2,700 kilos of fish were delivered.
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, through the Directorate General for Food Sovereignty Policies and the Institute for Agri-Food and Fisheries Research and Training (IRFAP), together with Aquicultura Balear SAU, have donated 4,700 sea bass to social organisations. These fish have been bred at the IRFAP’s Port d’Andratx facilities. The first donation of 2,700 sea bass was made last Christmas.
Agriculture and Balearic Aquaculture
The Balearic Aquaculture donates the fish and the Regional Ministry, through the Directorate General for Food Sovereignty Policies, covers the costs of fishing the sea bass, management and logistics to deliver the fish to the social organisations concerned. The Andratx Fishermen’s Guild has collaborated with a boat and four sailors and has also provided the facilities where part of the fish is stored.
According to the director general of Food Sovereignty Policies, Aram Ortega, “it is a day of great satisfaction to be able to make this second delivery of sea bass to social organisations”. “Fresh produce, such as meat and fish, are foods that are not usually present in the baskets delivered by social organisations, and that is why this action, which we have managed to repeat together, is particularly important”. The manager of IRFAP, Georgina Brunet, “the effort and coordination of all parties have made this donation possible and thus culminates this production improvement project, which has lasted four years”. Alberto Morente, head of the company, explained that “it is a source of pride that this sea bass of the highest freshness and quality can accompany the tables of the people who need them most, on such important dates as Easter week”.
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 (FEMP), which has been made possible thanks to a collaboration agreement between the regional ministry and the company.
The fish, some 4,700 specimens weighing approximately 600 grams each, began to be distributed on Monday and on Tuesday will be distributed to the social organisations in Mallorca that have expressed an interest and can manage this fresh, top-quality product. In total, more than 3,000 kilos will be distributed, reaching more than 3,500 families.
Staff from IRFAP, the company Acuicultura Balear SAU, the Andratx Fishermen’s Guild and IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB) have participated in the different tasks.