This week, we bought another 5,000 baby trout. These fish will be ready to catch at half a kilo in about 7 to 8 months, just in time for Holy Week (Easter), and ready at 3/4 of a kilo in about 9 to 10 months. Our client Gonzalo came by on Friday to check on the current fish stock that we've been growing since November for him to approve their size (we sell trout at half a kilo to Gonzalo, and 3/4 of a kilo to our other client, Roberto). Gonzalo said the fish were perfect and he'll be coming on Tuesday to catch 200 kilos. And so this cycle begins... we will be catching fish for Gonzalo every two weeks. We currently catch fish for Roberto every week. Different ponds with different sized trout. Kevin has developed a great system and it's all working out well for everyone.
Kevin picks the baby trout from the Trout Institute of Costa Rica (Incopesca) about 45 minutes away. They are individually counted and put in these plastic bags. Since trout won't survive for long in non-oxygenated water, time is of the essence to get them back to the farm and into the concrete tank where the water is oxygenated. It's not unusual to lose a few fish in the first week after transport due to stress, but so far we've had no losses.