Thanks to an investment of ₡ 94 million, a good part of the facilities of the Laboratory for the Production of Organisms of the Pacific Marine Park, located in the Paseo de los Turistas in Puntarenas, were renovated and remodeled.
The execution of these resources is part of the Cooperation and Financial Contribution Agreement, signed a year ago, between the Mixed Institute of Social Assistance (IMAS) and the Marine Park for the development and construction of an area attached to the Production Laboratory facilities. of Marine Organisms.
In order to complete the improvements to those facilities that are more than twenty years old without remodeling, the Rural Development Institute (Inder) also recently contributed an additional ₡ 46 million that will allow the completion of the works of the ambitious project.
The improvement in the production of marine organisms fulfills a task of great social, economic and environmental impact in the formation of aquaculture farms on the coast.
With these works, the quality of the production of fish and marine invertebrates will be raised for the implementation of farming projects in the sea, aimed primarily at organizations, fishermen and low-income households, with risk and social vulnerability of the Pacific coast from Costa Rica.
“The coastal communities of Puntarenas have an alliance with the Costa Rican State and with the Marine Park that generates knowledge, work and income possibilities and social mobility,” said Juan Luis Bermúdez Madriz, Minister of Human Development and Social Inclusion and Executive President of IMAS .
“For this reason, the conglomerate of institutions such as IMAS, INDER, UNA, INA and INCOPESCA, among others, is firmly committed to the development of mariculture, an activity that permeates the most vulnerable social strata with innovation and has the strength to reactivate the economy giving sustainability to the relationship between human beings and the environment of the region ”, he added.
As part of this contribution between institutions, INDER also signed a Framework Agreement for Inter-institutional Collaboration and Cooperation a year ago with the Marine Park to promote research in marine and coastal resources, as well as the production of fingerlings, improving the Aquaculture Laboratory.
“A few days ago, Inder transferred the resources that will allow the completion of the remodeling of another part of the Laboratory, within the inter-institutional efforts that are being made in the Central Pacific region and the Gulf of Nicoya, to provide new opportunities to aquaculture producers. In this way, we are turning our eyes and our efforts to the sea, ”said Harys Regidor, Inder’s executive president.
The director of the park, Natalia Corrales Gómez, said that this work together and in an integrated way with different state institutions is key to cover the entire process, from training to education of the coastal inhabitants.
“The improvement in infrastructure for the production of marine organisms is transferred to marine farms in social projects managed by aquaculture associations, where they will have a new source of income, receive training, generate a new value-added product, with greater traceability and form at the same time, a tourist attraction that makes the activity even more profitable ”, stated Corrales.