The octopus fishery is the 4th most important in Mexico, after shrimp, tuna and mojarra. (Photo: Sagarpa)
Yucatan octopus gets its own origin seal
Wednesday, October 06, 2010, 02:00 (GMT + 9)
The Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) have formalized an Octomex mark to identify any octopus extracted from the Yucatan Peninsula, said the head of the delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) of Yucatan, Gerardo Escaroz Soler.
Those that will sell the new marked product, will achieve more value added and will consequently be able to export it for a higher price.
Octomex octopus are already being sent to various markets in Spain, Greece, Japan and Italy, with earnings reaching MXN 423 million (USD 33.6 million), according to Yucatan.com.
"For this year, it is expected that exports of the Mexican octopus will continue and reach over 8,000 tonnes," said Escaroz Soler.
According to the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (Conapesca), it is predicted that fishermen will capture 11,600 tonnes of maya (Mexican) and vulgaris octopus, the ones with the largest biomass are mainly located on the coast of Yucatan and Campeche (92 per cent of the national total).
The Sagarpa delegate said that industrialists should continue working to obtain the mark of origin for Mexican Octopus. To achieve this, they must meet certain requirements and implement a scheme of work, infrastructure and production levels, among other things.
In relation to the commercial value of octopus, it ranks as fourth in the country, after shrimp, tuna and mojarra.
According to figures provided by the Production System for the Yucatan Octopus, of the 58 commercial establishments recognized by the Federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks (Cofepris), 16 are exporters of the cephalopod.
In this region, two species of octopus caught caught:
- Octopus maya: in the Bay of Campeche, on the northern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and from Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, to Isla Mujeres.
- Octopus vulgaris: the Yucatan Peninsula and reef areas of the ports of Veracruz and Tuxpan.
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member SAGARPA - Secretaria de Agricultura, Ganaderia, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentacion
By Analia Murias