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Superfood from Peru

When we think of Peru, typically we think of Machu Pichu a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But, Peru’s accolades don’t end with a rich cultural history and beautiful mountain vistas. Peru is also home to a number of superfoods including fish.

 

Thriving aquaculture

Situated on the West coast of South America, Peru has long been famous for its anchovy, scallop and squid fisheries and since 2000 Peru has grown its aquaculture sector almost 14 fold to reach 90,976 metric tons in 2015 (FAO). While this is only 0.12% of global aquaculture production, what Peru lacks in quantity is more than compensated for by its reputation for high quality and sustainably farmed fish and seafood. With over 2400 kilometers of coastline and a lush countryside fed by the pristine waters from the Andes Mountains,[1] Peru has developed thriving farmed scallop, shrimp, rainbow trout and tilapia sectors. Peru’s top trading partners are: France, Belgium and the Netherlands for scallops; the USA, Spain and France for shrimp; Canada and the USA for rainbow trout and the USA for tilapia.

To learn more about the shrimp farming industry in Peru watch these videos of the GLOBALG.A.P. certified farm Acuacultura Técnica Integrada del Perú S.A. (ATISA): ATISA

 

GLOBALG.A.P. Summit

Lima, Peru’s capital has been chosen as the venue for the 2018 GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMIT 2018. The SUMMIT which is held once every 2 years, is a meeting place for professionals to share insights and discuss issues in agriculture and aquaculture and how the GLOBALG.A.P. certification scheme and standards can best contribute to the improvement of responsible supply chains.

 

[1] While Peru borders the Pacific Ocean it is interesting to know that 98% of its rivers are tributaries to the Amazon River which flows into the Atlantic.