October 30, 2014
Mexico sees aquaculture output rising to 20,000 tonnes in 2015
Mexico's aquaculture products are seen to increase to 20,000 tonnes next year compared with 14,309 tonnes in 2013, the government's fisheries agency said.
Mario Aguilar Sanchez, head of the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (Conapesca), said that the sector invested MXN46 million (US$3.3 million) this year to achieve this production goal.
Sanchez said that boosting aquaculture "provides a great opportunity to contribute to the growth of the industry, with products having nutritional and protein quality available to Mexicans."
Mexico has 2,900 fish farms, of which 1,513 produce carp; 529 tilapia; and 470 trout, according to Conapesca.
The Mexican government has rehabilitated its three state-owned and -operated fish farms. It has also stocked up 22 million fries for the different farms to boost rural aquaculture. Some 1,400 farmers from 71 municipalities will be benefitted, according to Conapesca.
The aquaculture sector accounts for 13% of total fish production and 39% of the total value.