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Mexico attracts producers of fresh salmon from Canada

December 16, 2016

08/14/2016 10:29:01

Translated from Spanish.
By Olga Ojeda Lajud.
Comox Valley, British Columbia, Canada, Aug 14 (Notimex) .- Producers of farmed salmon farms Canada begin to see Mexico as an attractive market for the consumption of this product.

Currently, due to the high price that has farmed salmon in Mexico and its citizens preference for fresh salmon consumed only in small volumes.

“The cost of fresh fish is too high to have a mass market in Mexico. Is just developing, I think Mexico can be a big market in the future, but just being developed, “the CEO of Cermaq Salmon Studio, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi, Fernando Villarroel said.

In Mexico, a fillet of fresh salmon grown in farm costs about $ 12 per kilo, before processing, making it a luxury product.

United States and Asian countries led by Japan are the major consumers of fresh farmed salmon farms, whose major world producers are Norway and Chile.

Although demand in Mexico focuses on fresh frozen salmon which is imported from Chile, producers of fresh farmed salmon in Canada are beginning to see in the country an attractive market, especially to take advantage of the benefits of the Free Trade Agreement North America (NAFTA).

“We have a Free Trade Agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico and are always looking for new markets, then I would love to see salmon in British Columbia in Mexico,” said the executive director of the Association of salmon hatcheries in British Columbia, Jeremy Dunn .

The production cycle of salmon is about three years. The first year of production is carried out in controlled environments freshwater and is then transported to cages in the marine environment, once it reaches an optimal size to processing plants is transported and prepared for sale.

For consumers, most of the salmon fillets are offered, but you can also buy the whole fish.

According to the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) explains, often several natural conditions must be met to ensure optimum production of farmed salmon as low water temperatures ranging between 8 ° C and 14oC, a protected coastal area and appropriate biological conditions.

At present, salmon farming is also carried out in countries such as Australia, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Ireland and New Zealand.