Fresh sardine capture. (Photo: Sagarpa)
Sardine production in Mexico ranks first
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 23:40 (GMT + 9)
The sardine fishery is located in the first place of production in Mexico, with more than 720 thousand tonnes per year and the fact that it is certified at 85 per cent is something "extraordinary and worthy of recognition", according to National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA) head Mario Aguilar Sánchez.
Within the framework of the Sardine Fair, the head of CONAPESCA pointed out that in the capture of this species there are still opportunities for improvement and the first ones to know about it are the producers who catch it, industrialize it and market it, generating jobs and important economic benefits for the region.
It is recognized, he said, that the sardine industry has the certification of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), which is the most rigorous certification that exists, issued by an international organization based in London and serving as a model for FAO to establish the eco-labelling guidelines.
The celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Sardine Fair goes beyond the local area of Ensenada and extends to all of Mexico, since sardines are considered as a quality food that is well-positioned in the country and it has been possible to achieve the sustainability of the resource.
In this sense, the contribution of this fishery to the increase in fish consumption per capita that has been registered throughout the national territory, from 8.9 kilograms to more than 13 kilograms per person per year, as a result of consumers deciding to improve their eating habits, which already exceeds the international recommendation of eating 12 kg per capita of fish and seafood per year.
The industrial sardine producer, Antonio de la Llata, said that "it is a model fishery that proves to be sustainable with its international certification, generates thousands of jobs and feeds millions of Mexicans."
It was announced that Mexico has 98 sardine vessels and in the primary activity of the fishery more than 3,500 people are employed directly and indirectly.
Finally, the organizers of the event, Martín Gutiérrez and Steephen Martínez agreed to describe the 10th Anniversary of the Sardine Fair as a resounding success, as it is a rich, nutritious and economic product. "The sardine is the future of the food in Mexico," they concluded.
At the ceremony, which became a family festival where dishes based on sardines were served, as part of a contest where three thousand dollars in cash were awarded to the best recipes, they participated together with CONAPESCA head, the Secretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the state of Baja California, on behalf of the Governor Francisco Arturo Vega de Lamadrid and the director of the Regional Fishing Research Centre (CRIP) of Ensenada, Pedro Sierra.
It was also attended by Bernardo Gutiérrez, non-governmental representative of the Lower Pelagic Product System Committee of Baja California; GRUPOMAR executive Antonio Guerra Autrey; the general director of Integral Port Administration (API) of Ensenada, Héctor Bautista; the president of CANAINPESCA in Baja California, Alfonso Rosiñol de Vecchi; the president of COMEPESCA, Citlalli Gómez Lepe and various representatives of federal, state and municipal entities.
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member SAGARPA - Secretaria de Agricultura, Ganaderia, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentacion