Through the National Aquaculture Charter, the Government seeks to enhance the ability to develop aquaculture in Mexico. (Photo: Sagarpa)
New National Aquaculture Charter published
Wednesday, February 02, 2011, 04:00 (GMT + 9)
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Sagarpa) has released the National Aquaculture Charter, which was prepared and completed by the National Fisheries Institute (Inapesca), among others.
The main objectives of the Charter are to:
- Be a management tool for actions relating to aquaculture in communities;
- Provide summary information of the regulations in the field of aquaculture;
- Guide the general public about the conditions under which aquaculture activities should be conducted in waters under federal jurisdiction, including protected natural areas;
- Guide users on the status of resources.
The Charter provides information on activity indicators, development of biotechnology, cultivation areas and species used for aquaculture, common and scientific names, status and harvesting development, geographical distribution, morphology, relevant aspects of their life cycle, feeding habitat and the natural environment, among other issues.
Among the species suitable for commercial aquaculture include: bluefin tuna, catfish, Pacific white shrimp, carp, freshwater lobster, Malaysian shrimp, freshwater ornamental fish, bullfrogs, tilapia and rainbow trout.
Furthermore, the Charter highlights the issue of health and aquaculture management, the importance of preventing diseases to prevent the loss of production, and the need to ensure product quality and safety of aquaculture through the Aquaculture Health Practice.
The National Aquaculture Charter, published on 31 January in the Official Journal of the Federation (DOF), was developed based on information provided by various agencies of the Public Administration, such as the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (Conapesca), Inapesca, Federal Subdelegates of Fisheries and State Governments, and by the national academic sector, represented by scientific research institutions and the civil society.
By Analia Murias
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member SAGARPA - Secretaria de Agricultura, Ganaderia, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentacion