Cluster strategy as a public policy option for aquaculture development in Mexico: the case for tilapia

Juan Cristóbal Hernández Arzaba, Pierre Failler, Alberto Asiain-Hoyos, Diego Esteban Platas-Rosado, Andy Forse, Ben Drakeford, Alba Rocio Munoz-Madrid, Rogelio Limon-Rivera

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The objective of this paper was to demonstrate that the promotion of aquaculture clusters as a policy option for developing tilapia aquaculture in Mexico, resulting from glocal externalities as competitive advantages to the global market, is necessary to further develop the sector. The farmed tilapia clusters were described using data from the Veracruz Aquaculture Census, 2010. We then utilise three theories. Firstly, we focus on North (1955) and Krugman (1995) and find that Economic geography and localisation verified that conglomeration is a function of natural resources and population zones. Secondly, we investigate the Porter value system. Cluster competitive advantage was identified in water availability and water access, electric supply coverage, product presentation and the local market. Thirdly, we apply the Altenburg and Meyer-Stamer (1999) model to identify cluster type, which classifies typology based on natural resource access and the inputs and technologies commercial balance. The Veracruz Tilapia Cluster diagnostic showed an incipient development with remarked opportunity areas, where efforts should be directed, supported by a cluster strategy. However, Mexico and the Port city of Veracruz should diversify their economy. We conclude that adopting a cluster strategy for aquaculture is necessary in Mexico to both increase global competitiveness and to supply the local market.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
JournalAquaculture International
Early online date21 Feb 2023
Publication statusEarly online - 21 Feb 2023


  • added value
  • competitiveness
  • diversification
  • glocal
  • governance

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