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Mexicos First Tilapia Farm Achieves Sustainable Aquaculture Certification

Lucy Towers
06 January 2015, at 12:00am

MEXICO - Acuicola Gemso S.A. de C.V. has become the first tilapia farm in Mexico to attain Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification from the Global Aquaculture Alliance.

A partner of US-based Tropical Aquaculture Products, the farm, which earned BAP certification last month, uses a cage system in the Plutarco Elias Calles “El Novillo” Reservoir, located east of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.

Founded nearly five years ago, Gemso partnered with Tropical early last year, when it began exporting fresh tilapia to the US West Coast. The farm is situated only 16 hours from Los Angeles by truck.

The fish are processed at a nearby plant equipped to process deep-skinned, fully trimmed tilapia fillets and whole fish. A new, state-of-the-art processing plant is under construction and set to open early this year.

A number of Tropical’s partner farms are BAP certified.