Determining if pearl farming is possible and will be profitable for you
Establishing and operating a pearl oyster farm requires a large investment of time and money over a period of several years. Additionally, the correct biological conditions must be present to allow pearl oysters to grow well and produce high quality pearls. By conducting a feasibility study before starting a farm, you can determine how much it will cost to operate a farm and if the right conditions for growing pearl oysters are available. You can also roughly calculate how much you can expect to earn from pearl farming.
The following is a list of factors that must be contemplated before investing in a pearl farm: Costs of starting and operating a farm. Starting a pearl farm and keeping it operating for a long enough period to obtain a steady return may take as long as 4-5 years. Obtaining spat, growing them out to grafting size, grafting and culturing until the first harvest is a lengthy process.
It must also be recognized that even with a good first harvest, the original investment may not be entirely returned. This may not occur until the second or third harvest. The major types of expenses of starting and operating a farm are listed below and also in Appendix A. Major Costs Determining if pearl farming is possible and will be profitable.
Article source: The Basic Methods of Pearl Farming, Author: A Layman’s ManualMaria Haws, Ph.D. (Director, Pearl Research and Training Program, Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hilo, HI 96720 USA, Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture, Publication No. 127, March 2002)
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