Offshore Aquaculture Development in Ecuador

Julio López Alvarado, Walter Ruíz, Edwin Moncayo


Ecuador has a long tradition in aquaculture, mainly related to the cultivation of shrimp and tilapia in earthen ponds. Land-based production methods have a large environmental, economic and social impact due to the extensive use of land and its effects on the ecosystems. In order to increase the production of fish without further land use and with a lower environmental impact, a good alternative is the culture of fish in floating cages, adopting technologies used successfully in many other countries. This article analyses the current situation of offshore aquaculture (the production of fish and other aquatic organisms in the open sea) in Ecuador, and the prospects for the future of this sector in the country.


mariculture; fish; cage aquaculture; offshore aquaculture; sustainable aquaculture; Ecuador

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