Providing applicable technical assistance, the Brazilian institutions CEPTA and ICMBio have been key partners since the establishment of Peces para la Vida. For the second phase, new exchange developments have allowed for participatory diagnosis of Bolivian aquaculture and for the identification of possible solutions from the Brazilian experience.
In August 2015 three technicians from CEPAC traveled to Pirassununga, Brazil for a technical exchange at the Centro Nacional de Pesquisa para Conservação da Biodiversidade Aquática Continental (CEPTA), part of the Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade (ICMBio). The information collected during this technical visit showed that medium-sized production units, like the ones in Bolivia, can achieve high production with the use of simple technological innovations. Information was also gathered that will help with the design and installation of a balanced fish-feed production factory in the municipality of Yapacaní, Bolivia.
Accompanied by Dr. Paulo Ceccarelli of CEPTA, our technical teams visited six factories of balanced feed extruders, a balanced feed factory and fingerling production ponds. During the week of work, they also benefited from presentations by Dr. Osmar Cantelmo on fish feed formulation and by CEPTA Director, Dr. Jose Senhorini, who focused specifically on good management practices and the identification of technologies appropriate to the Bolivian context.
Providing applicable technical assistance, the Brazilian institutions CEPTA and ICMBio have been key partners since the first phase of Peces para la Vida in 2011, thanks to their relationship with the World Fisheries Trust. The trip envolving our technicians is the second since the start of PPV II. In June and July 2015, Dr. Ceccarelli (CEPTA) visited Bolivia and participated in two workshops, one in Yapacani and the other in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, interacting with local producers, indigenous populations, municipal technicians, academic institutions, and members of the Cámara de Acuicultura del Oriente (CAOR). Workshops and field trips brought together 105 participants, of whom 22 were women, focused on the Bolivian reality.
The main "critical internal factors" (CIF) that pose the greatest risks to growth and sustainability of aquaculture in this region were identified. Based on this diagnosis, possible solutions to enhance fish production were selected, from alternatives and technologies already proven in Brazil.
Based on the CIF findings, the Peces para la Vida II project plans to install six Research Units with technologies proven effective in Brazil and 8 Educational Field Units in its project area. These will also be combined with an extensive extension worker training plan for 2015-2016.
Widen Abastoflor, CEPAC, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joachim Carolsfeld, WFT, email@example.com
Tiffanie Rainville, WFT, firstname.lastname@example.org