Latin chap­ter in aqua growth

Fish Farmer - - World News -

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 pro­duc- tion 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.

For more in­for­ma­tion about LACQUA17, to take part in the con­fer­ence, at­tend as a delegate or book a booth in the ex­hi­bi­tion con­tact mario@ marevent.com or visit www.was.org.

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