GRENADA has clearly very favourable natural conditions for both freshwater and marine aquaculture. They can be summarized as follows :
Important continental shelf (10 times larger than the surface of the island) ;
Many large protected bays ;
Waters with top quality as regards aquaculture requirements and no risk of pollution ;
Flat lands available on the island with possibility to supply freshwater by gravity throughout the year ;
A tropical climate that allows good growth performances.
However, as aquaculture is presently unknown in the country, F.A.O. accepted to fund a mission of experts aiming at evaluating the perspectives of aquaculture development in Grenada.
That mission was performed by two engineers of the french Company FRANCE-AQUACULTURE (Denis LACROIX and Philippe LEMERCIER) from October 1st, up to October 21st, 1986.
The exact terms of reference of the study were the following :
Potential for culture of fish, shellfish and aquatic plants ;
Species and methods suitable for culture ;
Sites suitable for pilot/demonstration and large-scale aquaculture operations ;
Availability of necessary inputs such as seed, feed, fertilizer, manpower, etc ;