On May 16, 2019 a visit to the striking Marine Aquaculture Station (EMA) of the Federal University of Rio Grande (FURG) was pay by the German manager of the Rosoma Project, Olaf Griebenow. This station holds the graduate program for farming of aquatic organisms of any kind – from phytoplankton, shellfish, shrimp, fish to, frog at any stage of growth. Farming also includes plants tolerant to high salt concentrations, which are present in native marshes and swamps.
Professor and researcher Dr. Ronaldo Oliveira Cavalli welcomed the visitors at the station showing the infrastructure on laboratories for carcinoculture, estuarine and marine fish farming, as well as the aquatic organisms’ nutrition laboratory (production of living feed and bioflocs) and the laboratory to assess the impact of farming. Continental aquaculture is located in the estuary area of the Patos lagoon and counts on freshwater frog and fish farming. Cavalli explains “The research infrastructure allows a comprehensive approach to understand and attempt to sustainably use aquatic resources. Molecular genetics, data processing, microscopy and literature search are possible here.”
“It is quite impressive, not only because, as I was informed, it is located at the world’s longest beach - Praia do Cassino reaching around 210 kilometers in length. It has very large ponds and in a high number, already producing shrimps using bioflocs” states Griebenow. Completing: “The Rosoma project also relates to seafood and it is very important to understand the local conditions in Brazil”