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An overview on the aquaculture development in Colombia: Current status, opportunities and challenges

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Piergiorgio GentileORCiD



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© 2022 The AuthorsColombia due to its geographical location is provided with different climatic zones, that are suitable for continental and marine aquaculture of a wide range of species with a high possibility of commercialisation. Currently, the production comes mainly from ponds and floating cage aquaculture systems, supplying more than 90% of the freshwater and saltwater organisms consumed in the country, where the production is based on tilapia, trout, cachama and shrimp. This review aims to provide information of the current aquaculture value chain and development in Colombia by describing the current production systems and highlighting their limitations that make difficult to achieve high efficiency combined with necessary sustainability. Colombia has all the potential to develop tropical aquaculture, which should focus on native fish breeding, genetic improvement, high-tech aquaculture systems, agro-industrial and fish biomass development valorisation. Future development trends and perspectives are also analysed in this review.

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Author(s): Carrera-Quintana SC, Gentile P, Giron-Hernandez J

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Aquaculture

Year: 2022

Volume: 561

Print publication date: 15/12/2022

Online publication date: 06/07/2022

Acceptance date: 02/07/2022

ISSN (electronic): 0044-8486

Publisher: Elsevier B.V.


DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2022.738583