PCC, a promising solution
Struggle against ecosystem impoverishment
Post-larval Capture & Culture is a technology developed for more than a decade by Ecocean. It consists of capturing post larvae in the open ocean, rearing them in tanks, and using them for restocking or for commercial sale. It’s a powerful new alternative to overfishing in the developing countries and in the Small Island Developing States. PCC minimizes the collection of wild fish and therefore offers an immediate and acceptable solution to the degradation of marine ecosystems. Prohibiting the capture of wild fishes is often impossible because of the many stakeholders involved, and also hits the poorest people the hardest. Therefore it is preferable to offer fishing communities a viable alternative to fishing bans and quotas.
The PCC: a sustainable alternative to overfishing
PCC has the support of leading marine and environmental scientists;
our technology is supported by the Man and Biosphere Program (MAB/UNESCO) and certified as Good Practice by ICRI.
PCC consists of capturing an small proportion of pelagic post-larvae fishes and invertebrates before the high mortality phase during the settlement process. More than 95% die within the first week of their return, mainly due to predation or lack of adapted habitats. Post larvae gathered in the open ocean before this mortality event are an abundant, diversified and unexploited natural resource.
To obtain, after just a few weeks of rearing, tank-raised fish suitable for the marine aquarium market (ornamental fish), for aquaculture (food fish), and for restocking of coastal fisheries.
PCC enables fishery managers to conserve the future genitors and preserve the biodiversity of the marine area, while obtaining healthy and high quality fish.
Governments and fishery authorities, Young and motivated entrepreneurs from developing countries, Private sector companies already involved in the marine aquarium market, who want to offer ornamental fish from an eco-friendly, clean and sustainable supply source, Marine theme parks and public aquaria worldwide, NGOs concerned with safeguarding the marine environment
On average, for every 100 post larvae captured with our fishing devices, about 20 – 30% are suitable for the marine aquarium market, about 30% are suitable for aquaculture and the remaining 40-50 % are not directly exploitable, but represent a unique scientific resource and can be used for ecological restoration programs.
How does the PCC process work
The post larvae are trapped by fishermen during moonless nights, brought ashore and sorted manually by technicians. They are weaned in nurseries & reared according to market requirements. It takes about 2 months for sale/export to the marine aquarium market and about 12 months for local food consumption (e.g. in sea cages).
With over 10 years of field experience,
Ecocean know how to:
Identify the best fishing sites
Capture post-larvae in optimum physical condition
Identify the vast majority of the species collected
Set up the necessary tools and environment to rear different species together
Private sector companies already involved in the marine aquarium market, who want to offer ornamental fish from an eco-friendly, clean and sustainable supply source.
Young and motivated entrepreneurs from developing countries who wish to develop their own fish production using PCC.
Governments and fisheries authorities who want to promote a new solution for effective and sustainable exploitation of their marine resources.
NGOs concerned with safeguarding the marine environment and the people who depend on it for a living.
Marine theme parks
Marine theme parks and public aquaria worldwide.
Ecocean has conducted feasibility studies and field trials in more than 15 countries.
Project are established in Hawaii, in the Indian Ocean (Madagascar, Reunion Island & Mauritius) and in the Caribbean (Yucatan & Guadeloupe).
Following good results and many successful project completions, other organizations and communities from different locations are interested in the technique and will soon be established.
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