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Sostenibilidad e innovación estandartes de la Industria de Acuicultura y pesca de Guatemala

Sustainability and innovation standards of the Guatemalan Aquaculture and Fishing Industry

More than 500 participants from Colombia, Cuba, Belize, the United States, Mexico, France, Canada, Brazil, and Guatemala, met in our country to exchanged knowledge and experiences with more than 30 national and international experts during the 2nd Symposium of Aquaculture, which was held from June 08 to 10, 2022 in Cerro de Santo Domingo, La Antigua Guatemala.

  “Achieving sustainability through Innovation” is the slogan that identified this international event, organized by AGEXPORT’s Aquaculture and Fisheries Sector.

“In almost four decades, the aquaculture production chain in Guatemala has been highly technical, thus, it has managed to be backed by international certifications of environmental and social sustainability. This, plus its innovations in production and finished products, has made it a success story in the region, with intensive shrimp farming and responsible tilapia production generating employment for more than 13,000 people, mostly women who work in the different processing plants. Today we are a reference in the region, and with high convening power for this second Aquaculture Symposium, which has been prepared with a high-level program with discussions on markets and trends, technology and management practices, nutrition, genetics and shrimp and tilapia focused diseases. All this in addition to going to see the farms that are examples of high technology and productivity”, explained Juan Carlos Bolaños, President of the Organizing Committee of the 2022 Symposium.

In recent years the Shrimp Industry has grown under a new modality, focusing on its high added value and allowing Guatemala to be a supplier to supermarkets and restaurants in regions of Asia, the United States, Europe, Mexico and other markets with frozen, breaded, coconut coated and ready to eat shrimp.

Tilapia is produced and exported to the United States. With the participation on a national level of small and medium-scale production units, in which excellent quality tilapia fingerlings are produced with genetically improved lines, which, upon being integrated into the fattening phase and processing plant, are subject to rigorous sanitary controls.“Having such a complete program allowed mainly Guatemalan businessmen to continue advancing in their productive, sanitary and standards processes that are sustainable to guarantee better results. This and other actions make us optimistic that in 2022 we will exceed the US$133.4 million exported during 2021, and export US$150 million, as well as enter new markets such as Brazil and China”, highlighted Bolaños.

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