Roberto Flores-Aguilar has been confirmed as the Chairman of the 2015 Offshore Mariculture Conference

6th Offshore Mariculture Chairman - Roberto Flores-Aguilar 6th Offshore Mariculture Chairman - Roberto Flores-Aguilar

Co-Founder, Board Member and Technical Director of Baja Seas and of Ocean Baja Labs, Roberto Flores-Aguilar, has been confirmed as the Chairman of the 2015 Offshore Mariculture Conference, which is being held in Baja California, Mexico from the 21–24 September 2015.

Roberto has a tremendous wealth of knowledge and brings with him over 26 years of management experience in aquaculture. Over this time he has been involved and accomplished a number of pioneering projects and developments including: the Baja Seas and of Ocean Baja Labs (hatchery) which both produced, for the first time commercially in Mexico, the Yellowtail Hiramasa (Seriola lalandi), R&D Aquaculture Projects in abalone, seaweed, mussels, salmon and marine based biofuels; with emphasis in the optimization and innovation of its technology and high value product development, he’s published research in a number of peer-reviewed journals as well as lecturing in Aquaculture and Coastal Management.

Additionally he’s consulted and spoken for the aquaculture industry around the world, has pioneered the abalone culture industry in Mexico, and as Co-Founder and Technical Director of Abulones Cultivados in Baja California he has led the company through the R&D, capitalisation, and commercialisation phases of development to become the first abalone farm producer in Mexico. Currently he is the President of the International Abalone Society and is Chile’s representative on the Steering Committee.

The 6th Offshore Mariculture Conference 2015 will be held in Baja California, Mexico on the 9-12 June 2015 and will bring industry professionals together to network, discuss topical issues and exchange information and ideas on the business of offshore fish farming.  Following two and a half days of technical presentations and discussions, delegates will have the opportunity to visit a number of offshore fish farms and experience their inner workings first hand.

By the sheer breadth, diversity, productivity and quality of the water in the coastal lagoons and coastal Baja California region aquaculture is recognized as an activity of strategic importance for the economic, social and regional development, encouraging productive diversification, the creation of permanent sources of labour and the production of high nutritional quality food.

The soon to be released programme will include sessions on:

  • The latest international and national (Mexican) developments in offshore aquaculture including; legislation, policies, research and strategies
  • Business management including: permits, financing, marketing and spatial planning/integrated coastal zone management
  • Species – what to farm
  • Stock management and husbandry including: fish welfare, feeding strategies, stock managements and health management
  • Innovative technologies including: harvesting and processing, cage engineering, offshore facilities, containment facilities, moorings, feed systems, cages and netting.

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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