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Fisheries Policy to Increase Consumption of Fish and Shellfish

Lucy Towers
18 October 2013, at 1:00am

MEXICO - The fisheries policy launched by the Government will allow Mexico in the next decade to increase per capita consumption of fish and seafood, which is currently about nine kilograms, said the national commissioner of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Mario Aguilar Snchez.

Mr Sanchez explained that annual national fish production exceeds 1,681,000 tonnes, of which 85 per cent is obtained through capture fisheries and the rest from aquaculture.

However, aquaculture's market value represents almost 40 per cent of total domestic production in 2012  and was over 18 billion pesos, said Mr Sanchez during the forum "Sustainable Food Systems . A comprehensive policy on food and nutrition security."

In the country, six species provide 69 per cent of the total value of fish production. Shrimp provides 7,943 million pesos, tilapia, 343,000 pesos and tuna, 307,000 million pesos. 

In his paper "Fisheries and Aquaculture and their impact on Mexican Food Security" the commissioner indicated that fishing and aquaculture contribute significantly to the development and welfare of large segments of the population.