Did Ensenada Just Make Itself the Fish Farming Capital of the World?

09 Mar 2017
Fish Farming in Mexico

Fish Farming in Mexico

This year Mexico secures its name in fish farming by hosting the Offshore Mariculture Conference, a globally recognised event that premieres the latest in technology and sustainable practices.

An event that’s long been synonymous with European fish farming, this year it thrusts Mexico’s aquaculture industry into the spotlight. Does this mean we need to start look to South America for the future of our offshore aquaculture businesses, or is playing host to this year’s exhibition not as important as we think?

The Offshore Mariculture Conference is a biennial event that provides a platform for decision makers in the Mariculture community, including fish farmers, investors and technology providers. It is vital to changes and developments in the global fishing community and has for a long time been held in Europe
So why host in Mexico this year? What caused this change? A member of the Mexican Institute of Fisheries explained;
Mariculture offers an unrivalled opportunity for efficient and sustainable food supply, with modest costs and low environmental impact the Mexican region is a unique and exclusive opportunity for investors looking to expand in the fish farming industry. The Mexican Government have pledged to invest $50-70m in Mariculture providing plenty of growth opportunities for investors looking to capitalise on this region.”
This investment in maritime infrastructure not only reflects the global demand for fish, but also for sustainably sourced fish and a reduced gap between fish and market. It signals not only a huge shift in the market but an array of opportunities for those looking to import.

Mexico previously has not been recognised exclusively for its involvement with offshore Mariculture, instead being widely recognised as one of the world largest exporters of land based aquaculture and shrimp. Baja, California the Peninsula surrounding the host city, remains an area of unspoilt beauty and boasts over 1,114km of littoral and over 74,000 hectares of coastal lagoons ideal for aquaculture. The nutrient rich crystalline water provides undoubtable evidence that Mexico is a perfect place to help grow and develop its industry and the farming of species like striped bass, yellowtail, Mediterranean mussels and abalone.

The Offshore Mariculture Conference 2017 aims to provide valuable insight into this developing market and to allow delegates to make full advantage of all the opportunities Mexico can offer.
Whether through networking or through the global debut of cutting edge technologies built to save businesses money, time and unnecessary waste, this event is vital for anyone in the industry. It’s expected to bring not only high amounts of revenue to the local community but also hundreds of delegates, exhibitors and a range of some of the most important and insightful speakers in the industry. An exciting prospect for those visiting or supporting the event, but what about for the fishing communities in Europe?
Well, although it means substantial travel for this year’s European delegates, the lure of the unsaturated market of Mexico promises new found business success for potential delegates. Not to mention the chance to enjoy the beautiful Baja surroundings, incredible sport fishing and the unmissable industry debuts mean that those planning to attend will soon see why Ensenada is making its name as a fish farming capital of the world.
The only question that remains is…will you be heading to Mexico this March?