Both coastal and farm enterprises are expected to supply around 250,000 tonnes of seafood available for marketing through the lentern period from 13 February to Sunday March 31.
Fish production in 2012 was 1.65 million tons in weight of which aquaculture contributed 300,000 tons and capture 1.35 million tons.
Species earmarked for availability include; sardines, tuna, squid, trout, catfish, shrimp and tilapia, according to Mario Aguilar Sanchez, national commissioner of CONAPESCA.
Mr Sanchez has urged the Mexican public to consume more seafood products becuase of their health benefits and nutritional value. He has promoted fish as a great food for developing children due to the readiness of vital nutrients like Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, iron, iodine, zince and phosphorous and vitmains A, D and E.
Seafood health benefit promotion forms part of a fish sustainability policy that CONAPESCA are hoping improved industry profitability and sustainability.
The government fisheries plan has three strands.
- 1. the improvement and expansion of fishery management programmes, including combating illegal fishing and ensuring a sustainable use of available resources.
- 2. Intensive development of aquaculture, mainly in fish and shellfish culture, to contribute to the creation of safe and healthy food, ensuring national food security.
- 3. Promote seafood consumption contributing to the healthy growth and development of human beings.