In August of 1962 the National Institute for Fisheries Biology (INIBP) is established and it was directed towards fisheries research, at the time, it provided basic knowledge on biology, distribution and abundance of marine and freshwater resources of the country.
From 1971 it became the National Fisheries Institute (INP in spanish for “Instituto Nacional de Pesca” or “INAPESCA”) to incorporate new areas of research aimed at the evaluation and management of resources and the comprehensive analysis of the fishery system, linking the sector's productive area, strengthening their role as consultant to the Government for the proper organization and planning of Mexico´s development on fisheries and aquaculture. In 2007, the organization celebrates its XLV founding anniversary and it gets revitalized with a new legal framework.
Currently, the INAPESCA is a decentralized body of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA).
The “Instituto Nacional de Pesca” is the only Mexican fishery and aquaculture researching institution with national coverage in permanent contact with the fishery and aquaculture sector, its development problems and administration.
The work carried out as part of the responsible fishing´s principle, provide fisheries and aquaculture authorities’ solid scientific statements, reliable data to preserve, arrange and develop fishing and in that way contribute to the biodiversity´s protection as well as the ecosystems and the aquatic habitat.
The legal framework governing the policies and guidelines of the Institution: General Law on Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture (2007); Organic Law of the Federal Public Administration (amended on the 30th of November of 2001); National Development Plan 2007-2012; Program for the Agricultural Sector Development and Fisheries 2007-2012, and finally, SAGARPA´s Internal Regulations.
Coordinate and conduct scientific and technological research on fisheries and aquaculture resources with sustainability criteria for its management and conservation and promote research schemes with the participation and financial support from the sectors involved.
Sustainable exploitation of the fisheries and aquaculture resources potential, using long-term policies that consider the scientific information available, the requests of the industry and economic and environmental aspects.
* Coordinating and guiding the scientific and technological research in fisheries and aquaculture areas as well as the development, innovation and technology transferring processes.
* Develop management plans for fisheries and aquaculture activities.
* Develop and update the National Fisheries Charter and Aquaculture National Charter.
* Issue technical and scientific reviews and opinions for the resources management and conservation.
* Develop studies for the management of fisheries and aquaculture activities.
* Coordinate the development and integration of the National Research Programme on Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology.
* Coordinate the National Network for Information and Research in Fisheries and Aquaculture
* Spread its activities and researching results
INAPESCA has specialized staff and they are about 438 (292 researchers and technicians and 146 for supporting activities). More than 70% of them perform their activities within the Regional Centers for Fisheries Research.
If you wish to contact us, please send us an e-mail to:
Instituto Nacional de Pesca
Pitagoras 1320.Col. Sta. Cruz Atoyac.
C.P. 03310. Del. Benito Juarez. México, D.F.