Guaranteeing that oysters cultivated in this region are healthy and do nat represent consumption problems, was the objetive of a training course on good practices in aquaculture produccion of bivalve mollusks, recently imparted to producers from Caborca and Puerto Peñasco. Erick Ramirez Castillo, head of pathology health campaigns against bivalve mollusks, revealed that although there is constant and permanent monitoring, this training aimed to reinforce knowledge of oyster cultivators on appropriate management of their products while assuring that the is of good healthy quality.
He detailed the curse was given to 15 cooperatives from Caborca and Puerto Peñasco dedicated to the cultivation of oysters, stretching from the area of the San Judas estuary to the Los tanques estuary.

He expressed that training has provided good results, as tests carried out at the oyster farms show that the product is apt for human consumption. In addition, he noted, there is even the possibility of once again attaining certification for export to the United States.

Ramirez Castillo expressed his gratitude for the willingness of the nearly 100 oyster cultivators of the 15 cooperatives in the region, in maintaining their activities clean and healthy, which can bolster their precense in oyster production. Manuel Humberto Paez, head of the bivalve mollusk program for the secretary of health, stressed the importance of this training to assure that oyster produced in Peñasco and Caborca is apt for human consumption.

The oysters cultivated here, he noted, have an aceptable quality, adding there are no strong contamination concerns that could affect them. He assured both residents as well as visitors may consume these products with confidence.

Local oyster cultivators participate in     national  gathering

Two oyster cultivating cooperatives from the Morua Estuary in Puerto Peñasco recently participate in the IV gathering of Experiences on Collective Manegament of Coastal Resources, carried out Nov. 5 -8 in San Blas, Nayarit, reported a press release put out by the Intercultural Center of Desert and Ocean Studies (CEDO) The press release indicates that the goal of the meeting, which brought together 24 social organizations from 9 states across the country that carry out productive activities in coastal wetlands, was to create a space for discussion, reflection and exchange among the organizations regarding their experiences, problems and alternatives in developing their activities and in searching to improved their lives and that of their families.                                                                          Maria Concepcion Garcia, Maria del Rosario Luna Javalera and Jose de Jesus Rodriguez de Santiago, members of the Sole Cooperative of Woman and the Punta Roja Cooperative, respectively, attended the important event thanks to the support of La Ventana, A.C. and the Intercultural Center of Desert and Ocean Studies, A.C. During the meeting, participants addressed different problems that threaten environmental health and, therefore, the future development of the communities residing there.                                                                                                                                                   

The release notes that it was interesting to note the similarity of problems encountered in the different states including pollution and the destruction of habitats due to industrial and tourism development, as well as concerns of deforestation, illegal fishing or ill managed dumps.

There was also discussion concerning alternatives organizations have sough to counteract these threats as well as their results reached up to this time. The importance of diversifying activities was mentioned on various occasions as well as how to take advantage of natural resources in a sustainable manner.     One of the activities detected as a tool allowing for economic benefits while at the same time respecting the environment was that of ecotourism.                                                              Mrs. Maria Concepcion Garcia mentioned that oyster cooperatives in the Morua Estuary in Puerto Peñasco last year organized the Natur Arte Ecotourism Corridor and have been undergoing training and guiding tours through the estuary (Kayak tours, talks on interpreting local flora and fauna, experiences with oyster cultivation and bird watching) in collaboration with CEDO.

Following a trip she commented, Ecotourism does function, we have already seen how it functions in other places and can work here. In order of ecotourism to function it is necessary to maintain the natural beauty of the landscape and the ecologic functions of these wetlands; to the contrary, ecotourism may be lost.  At the end of the meeting, participants, among them those from Puerto Peñasco, signed a constitutive act for the Network for the conservation and protection of Coastal Wetlands in Mexico.

Within this Network those that signed the agreement made a commitment to defend their ecosystems and work for their right to take advantage of natural resources in a sustainable manner.

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