Korea Fisheries Resources Agency (FIRA)’s South Sea Headquarters held a mid-term performance presentation session on a project to build a common octopus spawning ground and habitat in Yeosu, on May 2.
FIRA’s South Sea Headquarters has built a common octopus habitat near Hwatae-ri, Yeosu City, made with natural stones, dubbed the “Common Octopus Brooding Complex,” constructed by a public-private sector consortium, and incubated and released 4.6 million common octopus eggs.
The South Sea Headquarters has built a hatching complex designed to protect 58,500 mother octopuses, capable of incubating eggs each year in the sea near Shingi-ri.
The brooding and hatching complex is assumed to have an economic value estimated at about 300 million won.
Meanwhile, Rep. Joo Cheol-hyun, hailing from Yeosu, said, “The project to build common octopus resources should be aggressively implemented like institutional improvement and introduction of techniques for effectiveness, thus contributing to bringing about incomes to people in the fishing industry.”
Jang Ok-jin, chief of the South Sea Headquarters, said, “The South Sea Headquarters will devote itself to raising common octopus resources in Yeosu and implementing the project in an efficient fashion.”
FIRA’s West Sea Headquarters has launched a project to build small octopus spawning and breeding grounds at Garorim Bay in cooperation with Seosan City. (Photos: FIRA)
FIRA’s South Sea Headquarters Spearheads Efforts to Build Small Octopus Habitat at Garorim Bay
Korea Fisheries Resources Agency (FIRA)’s West Sea Headquarters has struck an MOU with Seosan City to build small octopus spawning and breeding grounds at Garorim Bay for five years, starting this year.
The project is designed to restore and raise small octopus resources near Garorim Bay. The West Sea Headquarters transplanted 9,687 small octopuses for copulating in the sea off Garorim Bay in cooperation with Seosan City in April to raise small octopus resources.
Poaching small octopuses is banned from the coastal area during the spawning season between April 1 and May 31.
The spawning of the transplanted small octopuses is expected to restore small octopus resources off Garorim Bay.
The West Sea Headquarters also plans to build a small octopus spawning ground using bamboo structures off the Ungdo area off Garorim Bay to restore small octopus resources. Circular bamboo structures stand at 12 meters in diameter and 7 meters in height.
FIRA Participates in 24th International Seaweed Symposium
Korea Fisheries Resources Agency (FIRA participated in the 24th International Seaweed Symposium, which took place in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia's most southern state from Feb. 19 to Feb. 25. Participants declared a roadmap for restoring global kelp forests.
FIRA made a presentation on the outcomes of a project to restore Korea’s seaweed forests and conducted diverse activities, such as making a joint inspection tour into Australia’s kelp forests restoration sites.
As one of pre-seminar events, eight countries, including Korea, the United States, Canada, Australia and UK, participated in the “Kelp Forest Challenge” and they declared a roadmap for restoring global kelp forests by 2040.
One hundred and thirty-two institutions from 21 countries around the world assembled for the 24th International Seaweed Symposium. Diverse experts gave lectures.
FIRA attended a session on global kelp forest restoration efforts and announced technologies to restore Korea’s seaweed forests and outcomes of a related project.
Participating researchers paid keen attention to Korea’s systematic tactics to restore seaweed forests and efforts to contribute to carbon neutrality.