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Aquaculture Focus: Superfood from Peru

Machu Pichu often comes to mind when we think of Peru but a rich cultural history and mountain vistas aren’t its only accolades- Peru is also home to a thriving aquaculture industry.

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GLOBALG.A.P. & NHST Global Publications
November 06, 2018

Situated on the western coast of South America, Peru has long been famous for its anchovy, scallop and squid fisheries. What’s often overlooked is the fact that, over the past 15 years, the nation’s aquaculture sector has grown by nearly 14 fold.

Aquaculture production in Peru topped 90,976 metric tons in 2015, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization. While this amounts to only 0.12% of the global total for that year, what Peru lacks in quantity is more than compensated for by its reputation for high-quality, sustainably-farmed fish and seafood.

With over 2,400 kilometers of coastline and a lush countryside fed by the pristine waters of the Andes Mountains, Peru’s farmed scallop, shrimp, rainbow trout and tilapia sectors are thriving. Top trading partners for each of these respective species include France, Belgium and the Netherlands (Scallops); the US, Spain and France (Shrimp); Canada and the US (rainbow trout); US (tilapia).

Case Study: ATISA leverages sustainability certification to penetrate European markets

Peru may border the Pacific Ocean but roughly 98% of its rivers are tributaries that link to the Amazon River, which flows into the Atlantic. Photo: ATISA

Acuacultura Técnica Integrada del Perú (ATISA) started as a small, family-owned shrimp hatchery when it opened its doors in 1991. Today, the Peruvian farm exports high-quality white shrimp across the globe.

Sales Manager Patricia Matto says sustainability certification was central to its successful penetration of the European market, which has been a key driver of expansion. GLOBALG.A.P. guided ATISA through a process that included optimizing production, adding experienced industry professionals to its workforce and rebranding core products.

The company developed the COOL! brand to meet European retailing requirements and reach more customers with improved packaging and fresh image.

“Although we’ve been exporting shrimps for 15 years our contacts consisted of people who came to Peru and ordered the product when they went back home,” Matto adds. “Now, the GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Certification gives us access to additional customers in Northern Europe.”

By adhering to rigorous food safety, animal welfare, worker welfare, traceability and sustainability requirements at all stages of production, ATISA has become a trusted partner of European seafood importers.

The company is the centerpiece of a video montage about the Peruvian shrimp farming industry- you can check it out on YouTube.

Lima, Peru’s capital, is hosting this year’s GLOBALG.A.P. Summit. The gathering, which takes place once every two years, provides a forum where industry insiders can share insights, collaborate and tackle issues impacting the aquaculture sector.

For GLOBAL.G.A.P. the conference represents an opportunity to determine how the certification scheme and its standards can best serve a broader international effort to build responsible supply chains.

The choice of venue serves as a strong testament to GLOBALG.A.P.’s commitment to the proliferation of sustainable aquaculture practices in Peru and the Americas at large.

This article was produced in collaboration with the content marketing team at NHST Global Publications, an affiliate of IntraFish Media, on behalf of an advertiser, GLOBALG.A.P..