Petrobras, Fisheries Ministry partner to study fish oil biodiesel
Petrobras Biofuel and the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture signed a memorandum of understanding to expand cooperative programs focused on the exploration and production of biodiesel from residual fish oil. The partnership was established at the launch event of the Harvest Plan for Fisheries and Aquaculture. Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff, was in attendance.
The president of Petrobras Biofuel, Miguel Rossetto, said the partnership aims to promote studies for use of this raw material in the production of biodiesel. “We will support the development of a new alternative supply and also contribute to the recovery of waste fishing activity in the production of biofuels,” Rossetto said.
The initiative is aligned with the Harvest Plan that aims at expansion of fishing activity and trade and aims to produce 2 million tons of fish by 2014. Petrobras Biofuel is already developing initiatives to evaluate the use of fish oil for biodiesel. One example is the partnership pilot project conducted with Biopeixe fish farmers of the region Jaguaribara, Ceará, for prospecting in Castanhão Dam.
The agreement’s main objectives are to expand the use and productivity of natural resources, fisheries and aquaculture, increase the income of fishermen and add value to production, and promote technical development, scientific and technological innovations for the activity.