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Mexico investing US$50-70 million in mariculture

The Mexican Government has pledged an investment of US$50-70 million in mariculture and infrastructure development. The federal and regional governments of Mexico have partnered with the established Offshore Mariculture Conference, held in Ensenada, Baja California, to promote this investment and commitment to the industry. Key themes of the conference will cover a wide variety of topics, case studies and practical applications. This includes all recent developments in offshore mariculture, the farming of finfish in Mexico, opportunities for the Mexican market, studies into processes at the breeding and hatchery level, traditional and innovative fish nutrition, marketing and value added opportunities for sustainably raised offshore fish, and more.

February 2, 2017


The Mexican Government has pledged an investment of US$50-70 million in mariculture and infrastructure development. The government believes that mariculture offers an unrivalled opportunity for efficient and sustainable food supply, with modest costs and low environmental impact.

The federal and regional governments of Mexico have partnered with the established Offshore Mariculture Conference, held in Ensenada, Baja California, to promote this investment and commitment to the industry.

Chaired by Dr. Pablo Arenas Fuentes, Director General of The Mexican National Institute for Fisheries, INAPESCA, the Offshore Mariculture Conference 2017 offers a full program of technical seminars with high-level, respected speakers within the mariculture industry.

Key themes of the conference will cover a wide variety of topics, case studies and practical applications. This includes all recent developments in offshore mariculture, the farming of finfish in Mexico, opportunities for the Mexican market, studies into processes at the breeding and hatchery level, marketing and value added opportunities for sustainably raised offshore fish, the offshore farming business: investments and considerations, developments in offshore technology and discussions on traditional and innovative fish nutrition.

The Offshore Mariculture Conference includes one and a half days of technical visits to an offshore tuna ranching facility, a mussel farm, a tuna and striped bass processing plant, Todos Santos Island striped bass offshore farm, a Baja yellowtail offshore farm and an abalone farm. These technical visits are a valuable resource for investors to gain real insight into the logistics, production and quality of the farming opportunities in the region.

Government investment in maritime infrastructure reflects the global demand for fish, making mariculture a high growth area, particularly for sustainably sourced fish and a reduced gap between fish and market. Mariculture in Mexico is on the upward curve; therefore, investments are best in early stages of market saturation. The key markets for Mexico include the United States (2nd largest market in the world), Canada, Asia and Europe.

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