The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries, and Food (SAGARPA) announced that shrimp sales generated MXN 6.3 billion (USD 590 million), or 44.39% of Mexico’s total fisheries’ returns. The export returns of shrimp, the marine species that registered the highest economic activity in Mexico in 2007, surpassed tuna to reach MXN 1.297 billion (USD 121 million), or 9.72% of total fisheries sales. Shrimp also registered higher returns than tilapia - the latter fish made MXN 656 million (USD 61 million), that is, 4.74% of national fishing sector returns. In terms of volume, total farmed shrimp production and catch harvested in the wild totalled 144 000 tonnes throughout Mexico. The ban on shrimp fishing in the Pacific Ocean and in the Gulf of California entered into effect on 21 March 2008. The measure requested by the National Aquaculture and Fisheries Commission (CONAPESCA) was extended to include the “estuary lagoon systems, marsh lands, and bay areas located in the states of Baja California, Sonora, Sinaloa and Nayarit,” states the SAGARPA agreement. Fisheries authorities hope that shrimp production will increase this year compared to 2007, due to an increase in volumes harvested at shrimp farms. The president of the Sonora State Aquaculture Health Committee (COSAES), Miguel Humberto Olea Ruiz, a few days ago stated that the first wave of shrimp sowing began on 20 March in farms located throughout Sonora State. 2.
TITLE: MEXICO: BOYCOTT DRIVEN BY US NGO THREATENS TUNA EXPORTS
Mexican tuna exports are being boycotted by the USA, as a result of a lobby by the US non-governmental organisation (NGO) Earth Island. This NGO has the exclusive right to classify tuna products sold in the US as 'Dolphin Safe', providing a guarantee that no dolphins were harmed in the production process. Mexican products are denied this seal of approval as the group remains opposed to Mexican fishing practices, despite an official endorsement, in favour of Mexico, from the US government. As a result, major US supermarket chains are refusing to import from Mexico, for fear of being targeted by activists. Mexican tuna accounted for just 1.7% of all US tuna imports in 2007, generating some US$ 16.6 million (EUR 11.33 million), despite the advantage of 0% import tariffs set out in NAFTA. 3.
Seafood catches in Campeche dropped by 4.24% in 2007 compared to 2006, according to a report from the local delegation of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA). Despite the slump, the value of landings rose 6.41%, from MXN 670.4 million (US$ 61.4 million) in 2006 to MXN 713.4 million (US$ 65.3 million). SAGARPA statistics show that the Campeche fleet landed 32 044 tonnes of a variety of species during 2007, while the previous year saw 33 463 tonnes landed, the daily Sur de Campeche reports. Finfish species collected a total value of MXN 232.6 million (US$ 21.3 million), equalling 5.69% more than in 2006. Following behind were octopus landings with MXN 183 million (US$ 16.8 million), representing an 8.24% compared to 2006. The value of deep-sea shrimp landings totalled MXN 175.9 million (US$ 16.1 million), 40.58% more than in the previous year. According to data supplied by SAGARPA, the species that recorded the greatest decrease in volume were squid with 62.5%, shark with 27.03%, crab with 23.04% and scallop with 21.24%. Smoothhound landings also fell by 11.75%, crab by 9.05% and Atlantic seabob by 3.97%. Meanwhile, the species that reported increases in catch value were farmed shrimp with 43.53%, snail with 12.16% and crawfish with 0.2%. 4.
TITLE: MEXICO: IMPORT/EXPORT OF TUNA AUTHORIZED BY GOVERNMENT
The Mexican government has granted 500 tonnes import quota per year for canned tuna from Guatemala, under the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed between both countries. In another development, the country’s Ministry of Economy has also authorized the exportation of 6 000 tonnes of pre-cooked tuna loins to the EU in 2008. 5.
TITLE: MEXICO: SINALOA SHRIMP PRODUCTION DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY FOR BOTH WILD AND FARMED
ACCESSION NUMBER: 075706
SECTION: Landings (9), Aquaculture (15), Effect on Future Commodity Supply (3), Price Information (2).
COUNTRY: MEXICO, CENTRAL AMERICA.
SOURCE: EL DEBATE - 2007-12-10
According to Luis Miguel Aguiar Perez, manager for the State Committee on Aquatic Health of Sinaloa, farmed shrimp prices are on the rise due to lower production of wild shrimp and a stronger demand during December 2007 holidays. He said farmed production is estimated to be 31 000 tonnes, which corresponds to a 9% decrease when compared to last year's harvest. There have been some white spot issues affecting production in some farms. The total harvested area in Sinaloa is about 37 653 hectares. On the wild side, catches from bays, estuaries, and off-shore, registered a drop of 42.3% when compared to last season, according to the figures from Sagarpa. The last report released from Sagarpa revealed that off-shore vessels have thus far caught 5 800 tonnes of shrimp this season, while last year these vessels obtained 9 085 during the same period. Bay and estuaries' catches currently add up to 3 596 tonnes while last year fishermen were able to collect 6 242 tonnes. 6.
TITLE: MEXICO: GRUPO PANDO, HIGH HOPES FOR TINNED FISH BRAND
ACCESSION NUMBER: 075550
SECTION: Company Profiles (29), Production (10).
COMMODITY: CSP, TUNA.
PRODUCTS: CANNED, FROZEN.
COUNTRY: MEXICO, CENTRAL AMERICA.
SOURCE: EL UNIVERSAL (MEXICO)/ESMERK - 2007-11-16
Family-run food and beverage manufacturer Grupo Pando, looks set to complete its acquisition of seafood processing company, Yavaros Industrial, by the end of the week ending 25 November 2007. The deal means Grupo Pando will be able to strengthen its tinned sardine and tuna brand Calmex, and produce 500 million units per year. The firm is aiming to obtain a 50% share of the domestic market, worth an estimated US$ 100 million (EUR 70.03 million) through this increase in capacity, and a marketing strategy, which involves a government aided public promotional campaign, focusing on nutritional values of its products, and the introduction of more attractive varieties. Grupo Pando is also looking to develop exports of its frozen produce, to markets in Asia. Its long term aim is to become a market leader renowned for innovation and social awareness. 7.
TITLE: MEXICO: SONORA FARMED SHRIMP PRODUCTION TOPS 66 000 TONS IN 2006
Thanks to new technologies and good control over diseases, Sonora has consolidated its position as the number one seafood producer state in Mexico. In 2006 the state recorded a record of 66 000 tonnes of shrimp production adding more than US$ 320 million in revenues. Daniel Gutierrez Peres, president for the State Association of Private Aquacutlure, said that Sonora currently has 18 000 hectares of farmed shrimp, where total investment oscillates between US$ 280 to US$ 300 million. He said that this year's production could be of similar volume to last year, mainly due to the fact that there has not been any disease issues. 'We must say that during the past few years we have been growing. In fact, from 2002 to 2006, production has been growing and last year achieved 66 000 tonnes of production. That makes us national leaders in shrimp production' Gutierrez added. 8.
TITLE: MEXICO: 90% OF FISRT CYCLE OF SINOLOA SHRIMP HARVESTED YIELDING 34 000 TONNES
Despite slight damage caused by storms and extreme temperature changes, the shrimp harvesting sector in Sinaloa will finish the year with good figures. Presently, the central-northern region of the state has harvested approximately 22 000 hectares that have generated an estimated production of 34 000 tonnes of shrimp. The destination of this product is both the domestic and international market. Harvest will end no later that mid-November and, thus far, it is about 90% complete. ''We estimate there are only 2 000 hectares left to harvest,'' said Roberto Arozemena Villareal, who is the director of the Aquaculture Institute of Sinaloa. According to Arozemena, this sector has been developing rather well thanks to the preventive measures taken against the spread of potential diseases as well as the introduction of better technologies in all the shrimp farms currently operating. He said there are two crops per year, but it is the first one that produces the highest yield. ''The best results obtained in the first cycle can reach up to 1 tonne per hectare'', Arozemena added. He further commented that although during the second cycle production usually diminishes, the yield is still worthwhile for all producers. He said that the shrimp harvested in the state of Sinaloa is of the best quality, especially given that white spot syndrome and other diseases are almost completely eradicated. With respect to pricing, Arozemena commented that the farmed shrimp outlook is favorable since wild shrimp production has been low and thus has not saturated the domestic market. He affirmed that white shrimp sizes 31-35 and 36-40 can reach prices of up to 45 pesos per Kg. (US$ 4.1 per Kg). Arozemena said that these prices could very well be sustainable as long as the market does not become saturated with Asian shrimp or shrimp from other parts of the world. 9.
TITLE: MEXICO: SHRIMP CATCH FALLS MORE THAN 50% IN SINALOA
ACCESSION NUMBER: 075352
SECTION: Landings (9), Price Information (2).
COUNTRY: MEXICO, CENTRAL AMERICA.
SOURCE: NOROESTE - 2007-10-18
Since the beginning of shrimp fishing season, up to 15 October 2007, the Sub-delegation for Fishery of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishery, and Foods (SAGARPA) in Sinaloa reported landings of 2 613.98 tonnes. These catch represent a 58.16% drop regarding the 6 247.49 tonnes of shrimp landed in the same period 2006. Of the total landings for this season 2 071.33 tonnes were caught in marshes and bays, this total represents a 46.9% drop compared to landings at the beginning of the previous season, which had amounted to 3 900.99 tonnes. Though massive landings from the larger high seas vessels have not been recorded yet, authorities stated that the present report shows a 73% drop from today’s 358.61 tonnes to last year’s 1 333.46 tonnes. When comparing high seas shrimp production from 2007 and 2005, in Mazatlan as well as in Topolobampo reports showed 60% less total landings, according to the Noroeste. Ricardo Michel Luna, president of the Shipowners Union, says that the catch has not yet been regularised, and vessels continue to extract low amounts of shrimp during their 24 hour operations. The market price abroad continue to be low, though domestic prices have taken an upturn, today priced at MXN 60 (US$ 5.55), compared to last year when they were at MXN 45 (US$ 4.15). 10.
TITLE: MEXICO: WILD SHRIMP LANDINGS MAY BE OFF 40-50% FROM LAST SEASON
ACCESSION NUMBER: 075267
SECTION: Landings (9).
COUNTRY: MEXICO, CENTRAL AMERICA.
SOURCE: SEAFOOD.COM - 2007-10-12
2007's wild Mexican shrimp season is shaping up to be one of the worst in many years in terms of landings following an excellent season last year. With the season only a few weeks old, many are now predicting that total wild shrimp landings could be as much as 40% to 50% below last year. The landings shortfall is particularly bad because pre-season forecasts for wild Pacific shrimp were quite good. The fall off in landings is being seen both in the inshore bays, and in the offshore areas with ocean going vessels. Consensus among fishermen is that the date of the season opening should have taken place weeks earlier; they were worried that shrimp could have migrated to offshore waters during the first two weeks of September. The first day of fishing in estuaries and bays, landings were lower by 40 tonnes. Many, though, decided not to operate their "pangas" in order to wait and save resources for the upcoming offshore season. Armando Castro Real, the Federal director for the Northern Shrimp Cooperatives, predicts that this is going to be a bad season. "Right now, the situation is so bad that some of the fishermen are going out illegally to fish offshore and I can't do anything about it. Most of the shrimp we are getting from bays and estuaries are 41-50 and in very low quantities." He made these comments two days before the offshore season opened. Later, at least 10 fishermen were detained for violating the season opening. Under pressure, the Government opened the offshore season 3 days earlier, on 27 September. Although landings seem poor when compared to last year, it is important to realize that last year's harvest was the highest of the past 20 years. 11.
TITLE: USA: GENUS SELLS SYAQUA MEXICO SHRIMP BUSINESS
ACCESSION NUMBER: 075333
SECTION: Aquaculture (15), Company Profiles (29).
COUNTRY: USA, MEXICO, CENTRAL AMERICA.
SOURCE: THOMSON FINANCIAL NEWS - 2007-10-05
Animal genetics company Genus PLC says it sold its SyAqua Mexico shrimp business for £ 1.3 million (US$ 2.6 million/€ 1.9 million) in cash as part of its strategy for non-core business disposals. Genus said SyAqua Mexico, its aquaculture business, generated a turnover of £ 2.4 million (US$ l4.9 million/€ 3.5 million) for the year ended 30 June 2007, and an operating profit of £ 500 000 (US$ 1 million/€ 723 000) with net assets of £ 800 000 (US$ 1.6 million/€ 1.2 million). All three SyAqua shrimp businesses in Brazil, Thailand and Mexico have now been sold, CEO Richard Wood said. 12.
TITLE: USA: BUSH ADMINISTRATION GIVES UP ON EFFORTS TO ALLOW MEXICAN TUNA TO BE LABELED DOLPHIN SAFE
ACCESSION NUMBER: 074750
SECTION: Protected Species (25), Fisheries Management (30), Landings (9), Production (10), Exports (11), Imports (12).
COMMODITY: OTHERS, TUNA.
COUNTRY: USA, MEXICO, CENTRAL AMERICA.
SOURCE: INDSIDE US TRADE - 2007-08-17
The Bush Administration has foregone its right to appeal to the Supreme Court an appeals court decision that prevented it from extending a 'dolphin safe' label to Mexican tuna. The Commerce Dept. let pass the 26 July 2007 deadline for asking the Supreme Court to overturn an 27 April decision by a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that Commerce had not followed US law in assessing the impact of Mexican tuna fishing on dolphin stocks with scientific studies. The expiration of the appeal deadline marked the end of six years of litigation over the dolphin-safe tuna label, according to David Phillips, director of the International Marine Mammal Project at Earth Island Institute in San Francisco. In a 2 August news release, Phillips heralded the Commerce decision to forego appeal, declaring the label 'safe from the Bush Administration's legal attack.' Many USA tuna packers and retail chains require all tuna they purchase to be labeled dolphin-safe. Richard Mooney, a partner with Holme, Roberts and Owen in San Francisco, said the Administration's only other legal option, requesting an en banc ruling from the Ninth Circuit, expired in June. As a result, the only options for the Administration to allow Mexican tuna to be labeled as dolphin-safe are to ask Congress to ease its statutory requirements or to negotiate a treaty with Mexico and seek Senate approval, he said. Mexico's ambassador to the USA, Arturo Sarukhan, earlier this year criticized the fight over tuna labeling as 'an excuse to bar Mexican tuna from reaching the American market.' He argued that the US is failing to comply with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and that that makes it hard for the Mexican government to defend to its constituencies the need to live up to its NAFTA obligations for free trade in corn and dried beans on 1 January 2008. 13.
TITLE: MEXICO: FISH FARMING ACCOUNTS FOR 40% OF FISH INDUSTRY
Fish farming is growing in Mexico and already accounts for 40% of the country's fish industry which equals to MP 16 000 million (US$ 1.49 billion/EUR 1.09 billion) per year in total, according to a report from the country's fish commission Conapesca. This activity is growing at annual rates of 5%. Farms account for 40% and 25% of the country's prawn and tilapia production figures, respectively. Farms also produce between 3 000 and 4 000 tonnes of tuna per year. 80% of Mexico's fish exports end up in the USA but Europe and Japan are also growing in importance. 14.
TITLE: MEXICO/PERU: TROPICAL TUNA COMMISSION SET TO MEET
ACCESSION NUMBER: 074212
SECTION: Conferences (31), Catch Quotas (14).
COUNTRY: MEXICO, CENTRAL AMERICA, PERU, SOUTH AMERICA.
SOURCE: GESTION/ESMERK - 2007-06-12
Members of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission are about to meet (in June 2007) in Mexico in order to discuss a number of subjects. Peru will take the opportunity to seek a higher fishing quota. The 3 195 tonnes it has been given is not enough. The country is seeking 14 000 tonnes instead. 15.
TITLE: NETHERLANDS: NUTRECO TO BUY REMAINING 40% IN MEXICO'S TENUSA TROUW FEED COMPANY
ACCESSION NUMBER: 074161
SECTION: Company Profiles (29), Production (10).
PRODUCTS: FISH FEED.
COUNTRY: NETHERLANDS, EUROPE, MEXICO, CENTRAL AMERICA.
SOURCE: AFX NEWS - 2007-06-04
Nutreco Holding NV said it has bought the remaining 40% outstanding shares in premix and specialty feed company Tenusa Trouw Nutreco Mexico. Financial details were not disclosed. Nutreco's intention to buy the remaining shares was part of the original takeover agreement in 2005, when Nutreco took a majority stake in Tenusa Trouw. Tenusa Trouw Mexico has annual revenues of approximately EUR 40 million, Nutreco said. 16.
SECTION: Trade Regulations (7), Quality Control (22), Imports (12), Consumption/Nutrition (13), Health Aspects (32), Effect on Future Commodity Demand (4), Aquaculture (15).
PRODUCTS: FISH FEED.
COUNTRY: MEXICO, CENTRAL AMERICA, CHINA, ASIA.
SOURCE: FIS.COM - 2007-06-04
The National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA), a branch of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries, and Foods (SAGARPA), reported that low quality tilapia, contaminated with petroleum derivates from China, have been entering Mexico. The head of CONAPESCA, Ramón Corral Ávila, said that Mexico imports nearly 10 000 tonnes of tilapia per year, with an unknown portion being contaminated. The commissioner explained that some Chinese tilapia producers use fishmeal that carry non-degradable, residual petroleum derivatives, causing humans to ingest them upon consuming fish. He explained that the tilapia produced in the country is of top quality, which makes local producers rank top for whole and filleted fresh fish production and trade. According to official statistics, the Mexican population consumes nearly 90 000 tonnes of tilapia per year, however their annual domestic production oscillates between 70 000 and 80 000 tonnes. The 10 000 – 20 000 tonnes of deficit fish is covered by foreign producers and trade. “The market keeps growing and growing and we trust it will become a phenomenon like tuna,” said Corral Ávila. 17.
TITLE: USA SUPERMARKETS DEMANDING MORE TILAPIA FROM HONDURAS
ACCESSION NUMBER: 073909
SECTION: Aquaculture (15), Company Profiles (29), Investment (17), Exports (11).
PRODUCTS: FRESH, FILLET.
COUNTRY: HONDURAS, CENTRAL AMERICA, MEXICO.
SOURCE: SEAFOOD.COM - 2007-05-11
The director for the Fishing and Aquaculture National Commission of Mexico, Ramon Corral Avila, arrived on 10 May 2007 in Honduras in learn more about the tilapia industry in this country. The main goal is to learn and replicate the Honduran model. The Mexican party was received by the Honduran vice-minister of Agriculture, Mario Ramon Lopez, plus the general manager of the company Aqua Finca Saint Peter Fish, Israel Snir. Aqua Finca is the largest producer of tilapia in Honduras, with total daily exports averaging 30 tonnes of fresh fillets of tilapia, mainly to the USA. Tilapia now ranks as the 6th most valuable export from Honduras after coffee, bananas, shrimp, gold and zinc. Honduras sent this week its first shipment of organic tilapia to Europe. Aqua Finca received the organic label approved by Natureland and also received the label Bio-Swiss. The company initiated sales of fresh fillets sent by boat based on the new technology called “Ocean Chill”, which allows the product to arrive to its destiny with better quality than when it is shipped by air. Ramon Corral announced that a group of investors from Mexico, conjointly with the company Aqua Finca, will produce tilapia in the Mexican state of Chiapas. “We are in the process of giving them the business concession in order for them to have legal security in the investment” Corral added. The amount of the investment was not disclosed, but it is known that operations will begin in 2007. Corral commented that production will be targeted for the domestic and international markets. Mexico has an annual demand of tilapia of approximately 90 000 tonnes, of which domestic production is only capable of covering 60 000 tonnes.