Call for Papers Announced

Port of Ensenada Port of Ensenada

The 6th Offshore Mariculture Conference will take place at Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico from 21–24 September 2015. The conference will examine the prospects and provide practical solutions to issues around farming offshore in Mexico.

The programme will cover the latest legislation, investment and financing opportunities together with the day to day practicalities of running an offshore business from setting up, gaining financing, funding and permits and establishing hatcheries, identifying species to farm, to the marketing of the end product to identified markets. Overall the conference will look to give practical advice to anyone looking to set up, expand or invest in the Mexican mariculture sector, whilst keeping a close eye on the differences between inland, coastal and offshore farming and the many species available.

Following input from the Conference Advisory Board, the call for papers for the 2015 Conference have been finalised and companies, organisations and individuals are invited to put forward papers in the following categories:

The latest international and national (Mexican) developments in offshore aquaculture:

International legislation, policies and strategies

Potential markets

Development of production infrastructure
Scientific and technological research funds


Business management:

Set up – Permits, investment, financing, funding, grants, insurance, risk assessment, training

Marketing of “offshore” products

Spatial planning/integrated Coastal Zone Management


Species – what to farm:



Macro algae

Sea cucumbers

Integration with seaweed/renewable energy systems


Stock management and husbandry:

Fish welfare

Health management strategies

Feeding strategies

Stock management to control reproduction

Innovative Technologies:

Harvesting and processing technologies including the value added aspects

Cage engineering

Onshore facilities (including hatcheries)

Containment systems and other strategies for escapes

Moorings, feed systems, cages and netting

Abstracts using case and “real life” studies will be given precedence.

Abstracts should be no more than 200 words and should be sent, with a biography of the speaker, headshot photo and logo, to by 24 April 2015 at the latest.

For more information please contact: Isobel Roberts, Head of Conferences on +44 1329 825335, email or visit

Last updated on 08 April to reflect change in dates.

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