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The Institute of Pacific Ports signed an agreement with the private company Industrias Martec for the installation of a hydraulic crane in
the Quepos Dock and to improve the works on arrival, loading and unloading of the fish snapper production.   - Institute of Pacific Ports photo -

Published Tuesday, June 1, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Institute of Pacific Ports, INCOP, signed an agreement with the private company Industrias Martec for the installation of a hydraulic crane in the Quepos Dock and to improve the works on arrival, loading and unloading of the fish snapper production.

Martec is a Costa Rican company founded in 1982 in Quepos Canton, Puntarenas Province, which currently employs 350 people. The firm is certified in the production and sale of snapper. The company also has representation in Panama and the United States.

The plan to develop the snapper production industry on the Pacific Coast has the goal of creating more jobs, the institute said.

The agreement also allows the company to transfer part of its operations to the institute's dock located in Quepos Beach, allowing the increase of snapper production from 1,000 tons per year to an estimated 8,000 tons per year in 2025, Max Tattenbach, the company's Chief of Operation said.

The use of the institute's port will allow the loading and unloading of snapper production, more security for vessels during its operations, easier transport of the production, supplies and passengers, the institute added.

The Institute displayed a short video on the Martec fish snapper production, which can be seen on the AM Costa Rica YouTube channel.

Recently the government announced the advance on the Oysters farms in Nicoya Gulf.

In March the sowing of the first 300,000 oyster seeds began in the farms. The oysters are cultivated onshore to the size of spat when they can attach themselves to a substrate. They may be allowed to mature further to form oyster seeds. They are then placed in the water to mature. The release technique involves distributing the spat throughout existing oyster beds, allowing them to mature naturally to be collected like wild oysters.

The project is being developed by the associations of Artisanal Fishermen of Costa de PájarosVenado Island and  Chira Island.

Fishermen have received advice for the development of their oyster farm from public organizations such as the National University, the Fisheries Institute, the Aid Institute, among others to develop aquaculture as an alternative to boost economic activity in these communities.

The construction of the oyster farms was financed with $134,285 from the Aid Institute budget. Fishermen will receive 100,000 oyster seeds per month donated by the National Oyster Seed Production Laboratory.

It is projected that in the initial phase at least 30% of this oyster stocking will reach commercial size of 65 millimeters in 9 months.

In Nov. 2020, the government announced the opening of a shellfish processing plant in Puntarenas, which is the largest in Central America, according to the Rural Development Institute.

The construction of the plant is valued at $412,426 from the Institute and Ministry of Labor budgets.

According to the institute, the mollusk treatment plant, which is located in
the Marine and Coastal Sciences Station of the National University in Chomes District, could process up to one million oysters per month.

Previously, an oyster seed production laboratory had been built in the same facilities, which cost about $932,086, provided by the Ministry of Agriculture and other public institutions.

Both the processing plant and the laboratory are under management of the National University with the goal of providing advice and the use of the facilities to entrepreneurs of oyster farms in Puntarenas and Golfito.

In Costa Rica, one million oyster seeds are produced annually and it is expected that when the plant becomes fully operational, one million seeds per month can be produced. The goal is to convert oyster farming as a new productive activity in the Pacific Coast area, according to the institute.

People interested in developing an oyster farm on the Pacific Coast should call for information by dialing the institute line at 2247-7400.

What other types of fishing products should the institute develop in the Pacific Coast? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to


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