Home > Offer by Sector > Agribusiness > Aquaculture and fisheries

Aquaculture and fisheries

Aquaculture and fisheries

Colombian fish farming is mainly represented by the farming of two species: tilapia and rainbow trout. The industry combines multiple, related economic activities from the production of young fish to their raising and fattening. Shrimp farming also plays an important role in the sector given the high demand for these products in the international market. In addition, Colombia features the necessary and sufficient infrastructure for the processing of seafood, thus giving valueadded to this sector.

Aquaculture and Fishery Sector World Exports 2010-2013
US$ Millions FOB

Belgium, Canada, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Panama, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, the Netherlands Antilles, the United Arab Emirates, the United States.

Business Opportunities

  • Tilapia
  • Rainbow trout
  • Shrimp farming

Competitive Factors

Fish farming

  • Colombia has a high level of productivity and competition based on research, innovation, technological development, and technical training factors.
  • Products are available all year round, with business opportunities in the tilapia and rainbow trout species.

Shrimp farming

  • Colombia produces 12,576 tons of shrimp offering a variety of farmed shrimp of the Litopenaeus vannamei species. There are whole, frozen king prawns with heads, headless, as well as peeled, raw, precooked, and skewered shrimp.
  • Fished shrimp come from the Pacific Ocean and are selected according to production cycles, ensuring their innocuousness. The products include red, white, and coastal mud shrimp.