The state government of Baja California will consolidate the fisheries and aquaculture strategy in 2019

ENSENADA, BC- Sunday, January 6, 2019.- After the State Administration led by Governor Francisco Vega de Lamadrid, has deployed resources to address the backlog in which there were dozens of fishing and aquaculture fields, scattered throughout the 1,500 kilometers of coastline in Baja California during 2019, the strategy to consolidate long-term benefits for this important economic sector in the state will be reinforced. During 2018, more than 64.9 million pesos were allocated in financing, infrastructure , fleet modernization, training, innovation and technology transfer.

The head of the Secretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SEPESCABC), Matías Arjona Rydalch, stressed that, since the beginning of the State Administration, he has focused on the solution of needs of fishermen and aquaculturists in BC, and has sought to work for the benefit of the producers.

He added that SEPESCABC will strengthen the construction of a healthy and proactive relationship with the new authorities of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER), and especially with those who head the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA).

He said that there is a defined scheme to have rural roads, strategic infrastructure, equipment, fleet modernization, training and financing, fully operational before the end of the current State Administration, .

The state official said that during this Administration, without neglecting the fishing sector, the foundations were laid for aquaculture development, a sector to which only last year more than 13.1 million pesos were allocated, achieving in a single exercise benefits for 75% of the production units of this activity in the state. All this was made possible through programs such as the State Program of Strengthening Aquaculture, the Concurrence with the Federal Government, as well as the Support to Small Producers in its Component of Extension, Development of Capacities and Productive Associativity.

Matías Arjona Rydalch pointed out that of the nearly 70 companies registered, more than 54 units were supported, from the Mexicali Valley to the 28th Parallel.

“With these resources, the experimental and / or commercial reproduction of species such as clam and lion hand clam was favored, as well as the oyster, mussel, abalone and shrimp, among others, through the acquisition of food, biological inputs, gear culture, equipment and infrastructure, training and consulting”, Arjona Rydalch concluded.

Finally, he recalled that currently in Baja California about one hundred thousand tons of fish and aquaculture products are captured every year, which represents a strong commitment not to lower the guard, since thousands of permit holders and concessionaires in the state depend on this productive activity.

Source: Gobierno del Estado de Baja California

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