HISTORIC TOTOABA RE-STOCKING IN BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR:
A UNIQUE GOVERNMENT-PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNERSHIP TO PROTECT ENDANGERED SPECIES
CONAPESCA, SEMARNAT and the state of Baja California Sur work together with Earth Ocean Farms, a pioneer in sustainable open water aquaculture, advancing Mexico as leader in sustainable mariculture
LA PAZ, B.C.S, Mexico, December 14, 2015 – This week, SEMARNAT, CONAPESCA and the Baja California Sur Governor's office join forces with Earth Ocean Farms to release 1,500 juvenile totoaba fish (Totoaba macdonaldi) into the Sea of Cortez, as part of a historic restocking program. Once the target of uncontrolled fishing, the totoaba is now protected by the federal government.The public is invited to attend the release which will take place in Santispac (Km 115 Ctra Loreto-Sta Rosalia) in the municipality of Mulegé, B.C.S on December 16, 2015 at 3 pm.
The totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldi), which was once abundant in the waters of the Sea of Cortez, is being sustainably bred and raised by the La Paz-based mariculture company Earth Ocean Farms, as part of a ground-breaking plan that helps the totoaba recover and generates jobs and value for the state.
"Our vision is to protect this species for future generations and develop a mariculture industry that will create jobs for Baja Sur. With the leadership of SEMARNAT, CONAPESCA, and the state of BCS, Mexico will be able to generate jobs in aquaculture, bring an important protein source to Mexican tables, and contribute to conservation of an endangered species," says Mr. Pablo Konietzko, Director of Earth Ocean Farms, a member of the InnovacionesAlumbra family of companies.
Projects like these require the support and coordination of multiple federal and state government agencies, academics, and other scientific experts. The science-based restocking plan is implemented by the University of Baja California (UABC), Aquaculture Institute of the State of Sonora (IAES), and Earth Ocean Farms.CONAPESCA, SEMARNAT, and the state of Baja California Sur are critical visionaries and supporters of the project.
This restocking program is part of the Integral Strategy for the Recovery of the Vaquita and Totoaba in the Upper Gulf of California, which was announced this year by President Nieto. The program allocates significant resources to the conservation of these endemic species and installs important measures to protect them, including thetemporary suspension of gill-net and long-line fishing in the protected areas which cover nearly 1.2 million hectares.
Mario Aguilar, National Commissioner of Aquaculture and Fisheries, commented about the upcoming release, "Mexico is and will be a leader in sustainable mariculture, and these kinds of innovative projects and partnerships are exactly the kinds of programs we want to promote in Mexico. We are pleased to be able to pioneer sustainable aquaculture partnerships with Earth Ocean Farms, SEMARNAT and other involved institution and agencies."
"Without the vision of leaders in the government, this would not be possible," continues Mr. Konietzko.
About Earth Ocean Farms
Baja-based Earth Ocean Farms (EOF) is a marine aquaculture company focused on bringing environmentally-farmed fish to market using advanced offshore technologies in fish farming. For more information, please visit http://earthoceanfarms.com/. Earth Ocean Farms is a member of the Innovaciones Alumbra family of companies which are working to promote a flourishing Baja California Sur.: http://www.ialumbra.com/
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This section list a number of links to publications of interest and to media articles about BAI companies.
- The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture - 2012
- Offshore Aquaculture in the United States: Economic Considerations, Implications, & Opportunities
- Overcoming Technical Barriers to the Sustainable Development of Marine Aquaculture in the U.S.
- NOAA National Aquaculture Policy-2011
- Cage Aquaculture: Regional Reviews and Global Overview
- Comparing Open Ocean Net Pens to Closed Containment Systems for Production of Kona Kampachi®
- Report of the Working Group on Environmental Interactions of Mariculture By the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
- Fishmeal Industry Overview: By Jonathan Shepherd, Andrew Jackson and Jean-Francois Mittaine, International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organization
- Ocean Stewards Consensual Diving Standards for Offshore Aquaculture: New industry standards for safe diving practices approved by OSI.
Links of Interest:
The FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department has developed specific pages on aquaculture where users can consult relevant material on aquaculture at international, regional and national levels http://www.fao.org/fishery/aquaculture/en
The Global Aquaculture Alliance is a non-profit trade association dedicated to responsible aquaculture. GAA's membership covers all sectors of the aquaculture value. GAA has developed the "Codes of Practice for Responsible Shrimp Farming" and is developing Environmental Management Plans for certification of aqua-farms. www.gaalliance.org/
The World Aquaculture Society (WAS), an international non-profit organization with over 3,000 members in about 100 countries. Founded in 1969, the primary focus of WAS is to strengthen and facilitate communication and information exchange on high priority topics and emerging issues within the diverse global aquaculture community. The WAS has international chapters in the Asian Pacific region, Latin American and Caribbean region, United States, Japan and Korea. www.was.org
NOAA's Office of Aquaculture is part of the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, located in Silver Spring, Maryland. The Office fosters sustainable aquaculture that will create employment and business opportunities in coastal communities; provide safe, sustainable seafood; and complement NOAA’s comprehensive strategy for maintaining healthy and productive marine populations, species, and ecosystems and vibrant coastal communities. The Office of Aquaculture integrates and coordinates the agency’s aquaculture policies, research, outreach, and international obligations. http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/aquaculture/
INAPESCA, National Institute of Fisheries (Mexico). The “Instituto Nacional de Pesca” is the Federal Mexican fishery and aquaculture researching institution concerned with the fishery and aquaculture sector, its development, problems, and administration. http://www.inapesca.gob.mx/portal/index.php
CONAPESCA is the Mexican National Comision of Aquaculture and Fisheries, the federal government’s regulatory authority on fisheries and aquaculture. http://www.conapesca.sagarpa.gob.mx/wb/
The Ocean Stewards Institute is a trade organization advocating for the emerging open ocean aquaculture industry. Members include open ocean aquaculture, seafood trade and supporting industries. Affiliate membership is offered to interested individuals and parties in government agencies, academia, NGOs and the media. http://www.oceanstewards.org/