Sri Lanka eastern farmers to grow sea bass, mussels, oysters: USAID

Aug 10, 2011 (LBO) – Farmers in Trincomalee in eastern Sri Lanka are growing sea bass in cages as part of a larger aquaculture project involving 1,300 people who will also grow mussels and oyster, with help from the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The US embassy in Colombo said over 50 percent of the fishers are women who will sell their sea bass, mussels and oysters at a guaranteed price to Aqua N’ Green, a private firm.

This week 30 farmers have been given fingerlings and cages to grow sea bass. The farmers can expect to earn about 50,000 in six months.

“Using cage culture technology, we have the chance to grow high quality seafood products in a sustainable manner according to strict food safety standards for both local and overseas markets,” Anura Paranagama, chairman of Aqua N™ Green said in a statement.

“This is the first time cage culture technology has been used in Sri Lanka, making this endeavor especially exciting.

“Also, by implementing the project in the Northern and Eastern coastal areas it will contribute to much needed economic development in the region, and will help to improve the living standard of the local fishing communities there.” Aqua N™ Green had committed 3.2 million dollars of the project and USAI