COMMUNITY DRIVERS: New tilapia hatchery to be completed this year Loop Jamaica

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The new tilapia hatchery under construction in Twickenham Park, St Catherine, is slated for completion towards the end of 2024.

The 12,000 sq ft facility, being built at a cost of approximately $574 million, is intended to address the major issue of shortages in good-quality seed stock for fish farmers island-wide.

Manager for the Promoting Community-based Climate Resilience in the Fisheries Sector Project, Selena Ledgister, says the hatchery’s establishment is critical for securing a sustainable fisheries sector.

“Construction is on in earnest and we are looking before the year is out – which would be by around September or October – to complete the building part of it. The project will be supporting the purchase and installation of the recirculating aquaculture system. This system will provide over five million advanced fries (young fish) per year, using the recirculating aquaculture system,” she said in an interview.

The bio-secure climate-resilient modular hatchery, being developed in partnership with the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), is to feature a solar standby generator, plumbing system, rehabilitated guard post, and an administrative building.

Ledgister said the hatchery, to be built and operated under environmentally friendly conditions, will impact the lives of fish farmers island-wide.

“I believe we have over 120 aquaculture farmers, and that number is growing. So, this will benefit the industry significantly.

“The hatchery is also expected to cushion the demand for fish. Fish farmers will also get the supply of advanced fries to restock their ponds.

“This is a significant impact that the Climate Resilience Project, as well as JSIF, will be creating for the Jamaican fish farmers,” she said.