Mexican aquaculture and marine product exports have increased in the last six years. (Photo: Conapesca)
Aquaculture and fishery product exports exceeded USD 800 million
Monday, July 04, 2011, 21:40 (GMT + 9)
Mexico exported 249,274 tonnes of aquaculture and marine products for USD 843 million in 2010. The exported volume has represented an annual growth rate of 4.4 per cent so far in six years, during which domestic production increased at a rate of 3.8 per cent.
According to a report by the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (Conapesca), last year the country exported dried, salted or brined fish and for every ton an average of USD 289,117 was received, while for the fillets USD 7,263 was obtained.
With respect to whole frozen fish, these shipments accounted for 34.9 per cent of the total trade, with 86,984 tonnes.
In this group, the main traded species were sardine and yellowfin tuna, with 55,132 tonnes worth USD 71.4 million.
According to Conapesca report, 40,466 tonnes of mollusks were exported for USD 122.6 million.
In this group the octopus with 14,826 tonnes shipped abroad for USD 70.4 million, and the squid with 18,127 tonnes worth USD 19.5 million stood out.
The main sardine buyers in 2010 were Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea and China, with 65.7 per cent of the total amount.
Meanwhile, in the American continent Canada with 7,411 tonnes of sardines acquired last year was highlighted. While the major Mexican tuna consuming nations were Spain (73.7 per cent of the total), United States, Japan and Guatemala.
The Mexican Octopus was sent to 13 countries, six of them in Europe, four in America and three in Asia; and the squid was shipped to China, which acquired 52.2 per cent of the total exports.
On the other hand, dried, salted or brined fish was sold mainly to Hong Kong, which paid USD 12.6 million for 277 tonnes and to the United States, which imported 66 tonnes for USD 534,000.
By Analia Murias
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member SAGARPA - Secretaria de Agricultura, Ganaderia, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentacion