August 30, 2018
Mexico's aquaculture production on the rise
As a result of the incentives granted by the Aquaculture and Fisheries Commission (CONAPESCA), Mexico's aquaculture production is on an upward trend, totalling to 400,000 tonnes of produce.
Determined to facilitate the development of the Mexican aquaculture industry, CONAPESCA presented their analysis during a meeting session with the Undersecretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA).
Additionally, aquaculture has been a source of income to many rural communities and areas in the country and a way of overcoming poverty.
At present, the main Mexican aquaculture species are shrimp at 150,076 tonnes, tilapia at 149,054 tonnes, oyster at 45,148 tonnes, carp at 30,300 tonnes and trout at 7,000 tonnes with Sonora, Sinaloa, Jalisco and Veracruz as the main producing states.
From 2014 - 2017, CONAPESCA financed 2,339 requests for incentives which totalled to 1,889 million pesos (US$9.96 million) and supported the acquisition of biological and genetic resources, mariculture, commercial aquaculture in water interiors, 35 rural aquaculture state projects and 17 productive improvement of reservoirs.
CONAPESCA also supported infrastructure and equipment – cage farming systems, ponds, pumps, aerators, filters parameter measurement equipment and feeders - and acquisition of alevines, which benefitted 2,791 producers, of which 26% are women.
All Mexican aquaculture projects must have their Environmental Impact Statement issued by SEMARNAT to help limit the environmental impacts of the aquaculture activities. The current environmental compliance level of 85% is only possible because the federal authorities, in particular CONAPESCA, have given priority to combine production standards with the care of ecosystems in compliance with environmental legislation, which avoids putting at risk the natural heritage provided by food.
The aquaculture industry encourages the production of food with high nutritional quality and accessible price, which includes the improvement of genetic lines of species susceptible to aquaculture, support and development of applied research and aquaculture management aimed at further promoting the national aquaculture potential through the characterisation of areas where aquaculture can be carried out.
Today, aquaculture offers Mexican producers broad development and investment opportunities with different countries and associations, under 12 Free Trade Agreements with 46 nations; 32 agreements for the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments with 33 countries and nine agreements of limited scope within the framework of the Latin American Integration Association (ALADI).
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