Spain: The company Naturix Cantabria will invest EUR 5 million to "immediately" develop an investment plan to adapt to organic production, modernization of facilities, energy efficiency and expansion of production capacity at Tinamenor marine aquaculture plant in Pesues, Municipality of Val de San Vicente.
This was informed on Monday by the company's director, Martin Alonso, at a press conference organized by the Minister of Rural Environment, Fisheries and Food, Jesus Oria, to make known the company’s plant acquisition mode, as well as its investment plan, ten days after Oria signed the Resolution granting the Administrative Concession for production of the said marine farming plant.
Naturix will implement a process of transformation towards a pioneering model in Spain of sustainable ecological aquaculture, assuming all the workers of the productive unit of Tinamenor.
The project Naturix Cantabria considers the protection of the environment and ecological research as one of its basic axes of development. In this sense, the investment in R & D + i projects allowing the use of Nansa estuary, minimizing the environmental impact in the area, is one of the most important aspects of the plan.
Alonso also pointed out that Naturix will be a company with a modern management model, based on innovative processes, competencies, R & D + i, clear marketing strategies for the traditional channel and the development of ecological products directed to the consumer, all with "The full involvement of workers, customers and suppliers, and other stakeholders such as administrations and conservation groups interested" in the company's production processes and strategy.
The plant will be dedicated to the farming of several clam species (Venerupis pullastra, Ruditapes decussatus, Ruditapes philippinarum), flat oyster (Ostrea edulis), Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas), gilt-head seabream (Sparus aurata), European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax) and turbot (Scophthalmus maximus).
Minister Jesus Oria, in his speech, valued Naturix project as "of great importance to the region" for two main aspects: Work, since its activity will allow the continuity in this project of 42 people around Val Of San Vicente, Nansa valley, all of them with a professional profile very specialized in the field of aquaculture, and the scientific-technical aspect, since the implementation of the project will allow Cantabria to be once again a reference in the Aquaculture sector, both nationally and internationally.
"This is a project that combines aquaculture production with conservation of the environment, something that today is synonymous with quality product, and which marks the clear commitment to quality that this company wants to put in its production," he emphasized.
"The Administrative Concession for the Exploitation of Fish and Molluscs in Ria de Tinamenor in Val de San Vicente is the first step in a path we all hope will be very long and largely productive for those who start it," he added.
Naturix Group, created in 2006, is a pioneer in the development of organic aquaculture in Spain, and has Ecological Certification of Production (REGA) and Ecological Certification for Processing and Packaging (RGSA).
This innovation company has established in recent years collaboration agreements with the main Spanish universities interested in aquaculture, and has received numerous awards.