Sardine processing plant. (Photo: Luis Eustaquio)
Fishing sector registers production record
Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 01:50 (GMT + 9)
The National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (Conapesca) states that sustainable fishery policies implemented by the Federal Government in national waters have contributed to obtain production record in 2011.
According to Conapesca last year 1.66 million tonnes of live weight (40,000 tonnes more than in the previous cycle) were produced in Mexico, with a production value that is higher than MXN 17,000 million (USD 1,294.6 million).
It has been registered that 84 per cent of the Mexican production was provided by the maritime fleet while the remaining percentage was generated by the country's aquaculture sector.
In its report National Fishing Production, the federal agency points out that the Pacific coasts contributed 83.11 per cent of the production, those of the Gulf of Mexico and the Mexican Caribbean provided 14.4 per cent and inland waters totalled 2.49 per cent.
In these regions, the main producing entities were Sonora, Sinaloa and Baja California, on the Pacific; Veracruz, Campeche and Tamaulipas, on the Gulf and the Caribbean, and Mexico; Hidalgo and Puebla, for inland waters.
The main species captured for domestic and international marketing are sardines, with 715,826 tonnes; shrimp, with 184,326 tonnes; and tuna with 128,497 tonnes.
Other highlighted species were Nile tilapia (78,063 tonnes), squid (61,202 tonnes), oysters (46,883 tonnes), carp (26,846 tonnes), and shark and dogfish (25,596 tonnes), octopus (22,632 tonnes), and grouper (11,243 tonnes).