Aquaculture opportunities

An Expert's View about Freshwater Aquaculture in Brazil

Last updated: 19 Jul 2011

The Brazilian aquaculture sector grew by 43.8% between 2007 and 2009, surpassing the growth of more traditional sectors of Brazilian agribusiness, including the meat and poultry sectors.

Sector briefing Aquaculture opportunities in Brazil Why Brazil? The Brazilian aquaculture sector grew by 43.8% between 2007 and 2009, surpassing the growth of more traditional sectors of Brazilian agribusiness, including the meat and poultry sectors. Currently, aquaculture accounts for 38% of the national production of fish, which reached approximately 1.25 million tons in 2009. Domestic consumption has also experienced an unprecedented growth in recent years, increasing from 6.46 Kg per inhabitant in 2003 to 9.03 Kg per inhabitant in 2009. Because today Brazil consumes more fish than it produces, a significant part of the domestic demand is met by foreign suppliers. With a booming domestic market and 12% of ?The Brazilian aquaculture the world?s fresh water supply, the potential for the expansion of aquaculture in Brazil remains sector grew by 43.8% enormous. between 2007 and 2009, surpassing the growth of Find general information on the Brazilian market conditions on UKTI?s website. The more traditional sectors of Doing Business Guide for Brazil?s gives an Brazilian agribusiness.? overview of Brazil?s economy, business culture, potential opportunities and an introduction to other relevant issues. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Aquaculture opportunities in Brazil The main cultivated organisms in Brazilian Opportunities aquaculture are the fish (particularly tilapia, carps and tambaqui), the Pacific white shrimp Brazil is a country with considerable natural (Litopenaeus vannamei), and the mussel potential. With more than 8,400 km of coast (Perna perna) with well established production line, 8.5 million hectares of both public and techniques. Emerging cultures in Brazilian private dams and a predominantly tropical aquaculture include marine fishes, macroalgae, climate, Brazil concentrates nearly 13.8% of and the cultivation of ?pirarucu? (Arapaima the freshwater available in the planet, which is gigas) in freshwater, but culture technologies available in nearly all of its regions. for many of the higher value native species in Brazil such as the pirarucu is underdeveloped. There is also well-trained labour available in the country. There are currently 89 institutions To realise the real potential of Brazil?s with research on aquaculture offering technical freshwater resources the aquaculture industry training, college degree programs, and post- might wish to adopt technologies that improve graduate specialization programs in understanding of brood stock management and aquaculture. The government has also opened seed production to meet growing demands by the Fisheries, Aquaculture and Agriculture the on grow sector to farm a more diverse Systems branch of the Brazilian Agriculture range of high value freshwater species. To Research Corporation ? Embrapa, in 2009 in achieve this objective will require a particular Palmas, state of Tocantins. Embrapa is a world emphasis on: respected public company aiming at the research and development of new technologies ? stabilisation of the hatchery environment to in the agribusiness sector. This particular allow manipulation and provision of branch will focus on the development of more consistent conditions for brood stock productive and efficient feeding systems and manipulation will make the technology available to the ? stabilisation of hatchery water quality public. parameters ? development of techniques to eliminate The fisheries and aquaculture entire productive parasite infestation of hatchery stock chain, including ration production, ? reduction in the need for prophylactic use transportation, processing, training, account antibiotics and chemical reagents to combat for nearly 2% of the GDP. disease and parasites ? improved economies of hatchery production The aquaculture sector in Brazil is well ? controlled production technologies to meet established and is valued in excess of US$220 seasonal demand by on grow sector / million/year. Importantly, this sector has markets significant potential for immediate expansion ? ? increased diversification of high value particularly of high value species that are species endemic to Brazil. Brazil has approximately 40 ? securing stable hatchery environment to species of fresh water fish with breeding allow the development of selective breeding potential, among other marine species. programmes for high value species Hence, the growth of the marine and If you have any questions on the opportunities freshwater aquaculture sector in Brazil will above, contact the UKTI contacts named in this require uptake of technologies designed to report. Business opportunities aimed ensure consistent supplies of hatchery reared specifically at UK companies are added daily to juvenile fish or seed for on growing. Even UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our though the market already has established staff overseas in British Embassies, High industries providing services, equipment, and Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors supplies or aquaculture, there is a relatively and in over 100 markets. inadequate structure for the production of immature forms (larvae, post-larvae, minnows, You can be alerted to business opportunities on and juveniles) of the most commonly cultivated a regular basis by registering on the UKTI species as well as the processing and website. Find out more on UKTI?s business transformation industries of aquaculture opportunities service on the UKTI website. products. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Aquaculture opportunities in Brazil Major events and activities UKTI contacts III Latin American Conference on Paula Abreu Breeding of Native Fish & III Congresso Market Development Manager Brasileiro de Produção de Peixes Nativos British Embassy Brasilia Time: July 13 ? 15, 2011 Tel: (0055 61) 3329 2528 Website:a Email: ua/peixesnativos2011 Contact: UKTI Aquaculture Sector Group Email: Tatiana Santos Trade Development Office Manager Pesca Trade Show 2011 British Embassy Brasilia Time: August 10 ? 12, 2011 Tel: (0055 61) 3329 2358 Website:a Email: Contact: UKTI Aquaculture Sector Group Email: Find full details of events in this country and sector on the UKTI website. New export events are added daily to the site and you can register to be alerted to them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend trade shows overseas. Find out more about UKTI support for attendance at overseas events UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Aquaculture opportunities in Brazil Next steps - How UKTI can help ? Arranging appointments British companies wishing to develop their ? Organise seminars or other events for business in the Brazilian market are advised to you to meet contacts and promote your undertake as much market research and company in the Brazilian market planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in Brazil, with its wide local knowledge and This work is available via our Overseas Market experience, can provide a range of services to Introduction Service (OMIS), a chargeable British-based companies wishing to grow their service which assists British-based companies business in global markets. wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. This can include: ? Provision of market information To find out more about commissioning this ? Validated lists of agents/distributors work, or accessing other UKTI services and ? Key market players or potential specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website customers in the Brazilian market to find contact details for your local UKTI ? Establishment of interest of such office. contacts in working with you Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2011 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © You may reuse this information (not including logos, images and case studies) free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence. 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Posted: 19 July 2011, last updated 19 July 2011