This company is founded by Dr. Mercedes Wangüemert to offer services on Fisheries Management and Aquaculture focused on marine invertebrates and integrated multitrophic aquaculture (IMTA), including consultancy and training actions.
Mainly, Dr. Wangüemert is specialized on Mediterranean and NE Atlantic sea cucumber aquaculture and fisheries, having a deep knowledge on those fields with more than 18 years of experience.
During her professional career, she has been working at several International Research Centers and Universities, and collaborating with many companies from Europe and Africa allowing and favouring the I+D transference from Research Centres to private companies. She also worked until November 2020, as Research Director and Aquaculture Development in Guatizamar S.L. creating and making the total project of an extensive aquaculture of Holothuria arguinensis in Cádiz (Spain) and getting a working production on 18 months with own production of eggs, larvae and juveniles.
During the last 10 years, she provided consultancy services about sea cucumber fisheries management to several public organizations from different countries including Spain, Portugal, Tunisia, Cabo Verde, Angola, Turkey, Panamá, etc.
Services offered by Wangüemert Fisheries Management and Aquaculture S.L.U. are addressed to private companies, institutional organisms, ONGs, research institutions, universities, training centers, and in general to any entity interested on these subjects.
The sea cucumber aquaculture provides a high production to cover the increasing demand of this product from Asian countries. sea cucumber production is showed as a good option to decrease the fishery pressure on wild stocks and can also be considered a management tool for further restocking actions (if they are advisable). The use of these species on integrated multitrophic aquaculture systems, allows to reduce negative impacts, diversify target species, increase production and economic returns.
Most of the sea cucumber stocks are depleted or overexploited around the world. A right stock assessment is mandatory previous to the development of a fishery focused on these target species; the establishment of a strict management of those fisheries is also advisable to avoid over-exploitation.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Improvements on sea cucumber aquaculture should be adding constantly through the research focused on new target species, diets and innovation on hatchery/nursery technologies to increase the survival rates and production, getting also higher quality and diversity on selling products.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Sea cucumber can be considered as new commercial resource on countries from Mediterranean and NE Atlantic coasts; same situation on some African and Central American countries. Scarce consultants specialized on this resource are available on these geographical areas, therefore it is necessary to train new people on sea cucumber aquaculture and fishery management fields.