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Progress Made At Mexico/Cuba Meeting on Sustainability and Development

Michael Priestley
11 February 2014, at 12:00am

MEXICO and CUBA Mexican fisheries leaders have hailed discussions with Cuban authorities as very successful, with agreements made on sustainability, competition and research.

The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), on behalf of the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA) said last week’s talks strengthened the partnership with Cuba.

Mr Mario Aguilar of CONAPESCA linked the scope of possibility between the two nations and the high world demand for their products.

Food and agriculture ministers agreed to update the Fisheries Trade Agreement (1976) and enforced the new Technical and Scientific Cooperation Programme which will see promotion and development of aquaculture in fresh and saltwater areas.

This was accompanied with an agreement to support biological research.

Cuban officials proposed Mexican participation in workshops on sea cucumber and spiny lobster, both commercial species.

Delegates also discussed Caribbean waters, examining opportunities, as well as fish health considerations in the area.

A proposal to include Cuba in technical training events for aquaculture was made by Sanchez Aguilar, head of the Mexican fisheries delegation.