THE Latin American and Caribbean Chapter (LACC) of the World Aquaculture Society (WAS) is to stage its annual conference in the Mexican city of Mazatlán, to tap into the potential of the region’s emerging aquaculture industry.
The LACQUA17 conference – from November 7-10, 2017 – will feature investors and the industrial sector this year, in addition to presentations on the latest developments in aquaculture. And the exhibition running alongside the conference will include more than 70 companies.
Mazatlán is located in the state of Sinaloa, in the north-west, where much of Mexico’s fish farming is concentrated.
In 2015, the region produced 339,277 tonnes of seafood, of which 84.6 per cent was from fisheries and 15.4 per cent from aquaculture.
The majority of aquaculture farms produce shrimp and tilapia, among other species, and generated around 52,268 tonnes.
Aquaculture in Mexico is in constant growth. The natural characteristics of the country give it a strategic opportunity to become one of the world’s leading countries in aquaculture production in both freshwater and marine.
As well as shrimp, tilapia, trout, catfish and carp, species such as the red octopus, the bullfrog and the pejelagarto – to mention just a few – are in the process of domestication.