Madrid, May 6, 2019. Tilapia and Colombian trout are increasingly expanding to more markets. In fact, in 2018 Colombia positioned as the first supplier of fresh tilapia in the United States and rebounded in markets such as Peru and Canada. In addition, that year tilapia exports entered Iceland for the first time.
Currently, growth plans focus on new markets with demand for those products such as Europe, and also some Asian and Latin American countries, including Japan, South Korea, Aruba, Chile, Honduras, Panama and Curacao.
That is why from May 7 to 9, the Colombian companies Comepez, Proceal, Piscicola New York, TroutCo and Piscicola Botero will come with the support of the Agreement “El Agro Exporta”, an alliance between the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Ministry of Agriculture, Colombia Productiva and ProColombia, to Seafood, one of the largest fairs of the fishery sector in the world, to showcase the best of its offer. Last year Seafood attracted 29,100 buyers from 152 countries.
Colombia has a stable climate that allows production throughout the year in almost all the national territory. It has multiple and diverse marine hydrological ecosystems, of fresh and brackish water, and a wide variety of relatively stable climatic conditions; this richness translates into one of the highest biodiversity indexes and the greatest diversity of fish on the planet. The red tilapia represents 61.25% of the Colombian fish production, the trout 15.35% and the cachama 20.15%.
In 2018, Colombian exports of aquaculture and fishery products reached USD 115.8 million, which represents an increase of 23.5%. The main destinations were the United States, France and Spain.
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