Cage farming of several fish species in Fumas Reservoir, Brazil

Credit: Ever Edrey Hernandez (Colombia)

The photos on cage farming are taken in Fumas reservoir, Boa Esperança, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The altitude of this site is 775 meters whereas the temperature ranges between 18°C and 26°C.

The cages shown in the photos are rectangular with a volume of 18 m3 each. Cultured fish species include curimba, curimatâ (Prochilodus lineatus), Traira (Hoplias malabaricus), Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus), Pacu (Piaractus mesopotamicus), piracanjuba (Brycon orbignyanus), and dourado (Salminus brasiliensis). Fish are stocked during December at an average density of about 20 fingerlings/m3 whereas the growing season lasts till March of the following year ending by harvesting of about 10 kg/m3.

Away from cage aquaculture, the sport and subsistence fishing are practiced in the Furnas Reservoir.

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