According to data revealed by Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, catches in commercial fisheries in 2023 were around 3.7 million tonnes, which represents a drop of 4.3% compared to catches in 2022 and is also the third consecutive year of declines. Today’s pequera catch is only 30% of what it was four decades ago, in 1984, when fishing was at its peak.

Scientists from the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology indicate that Japan’s fish catch is declining at a rate that, if it continues, will reach almost zero by 2050.

Unfortunately, this situation is playing out in many parts of the world as natural fisheries reach their maximum sustained catch at the same time as demand increases.

Information like this is what reaffirms and reminds us more and more of the importance of aquaculture as a tool for food security and conservation of natural fish and shellfish populations.

The solution is not to build more boats or expand fishing areas, but to establish public policies and support programs that are forceful and promote research, innovation and development of world aquaculture in all its forms.



Ocean 14 Capital announced a few days ago that its Fund 1 reached its capitalization target of €200 million, becoming the largest specialized fund worldwide for the blue economy.

Ocean 14 Capital, a venture capital and growth equity private equity fund, which focuses on promoting a sustainable and regenerative approach to using ocean resources for economic purposes.

The fund invests in ocean-related companies and technologies, with key interests in aquaculture, sustainable fisheries, alternative proteins, marine flora and circular plastics.

By 2030, the blue economy is projected to employ more than 40 million people worldwide and reach a value of $3 trillion. (billion millions).



After several months of trying to match, I finally had the opportunity to meet with Karlotta Rieve, Project Manager at Hatch Blue.

Hatch Blue, with offices around the world, is a globally recognized company dedicated to investment in aquaculture and alternative investments in seafood. Its Hatch I and Hatch II Funds have focused on emerging companies, start-ups, and the Blue Revolution Fund, which is about to start, will focus on venture capital.

The firm offers acceleration programs aimed at companies involved in sustainable solutions and consulting services to companies and governments around the world through its business unit, Hatch Innovation Services.

Karlotta is a person with an energy and enthusiasm for her work that is contagious. For years I have followed his work focused mainly on the macroalgae cultivation industry worldwide. She is the author and contributor to several publications that are industry benchmarks and continuously participates in international forums sharing her vision of the great potential of macroalgae.

I expressed NDC’s interest in developing channels that allow the flow of investment to projects related to the aquaculture value chain in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the same way, we had a very productive exchange of ideas and visions to generate schemes that allow the commercial cultivation of tropical macroalgae in Latin America.

Karlotta has a very complicated agenda, when she is not in Korea, she is in Indonesia, India, Norway, the United Kingdom or the Philippines, among others. That is why I thank you for giving me the opportunity for this meeting.

Being two people infected by the same virus (that of passion for aquaculture) it was to be expected that we would lack time. However, the commitment to continue developing these issues and exploring collaboration between Hatch and NDC remained on the table and very firm….. This story continues.


The phrase presented in the illustration may seem radical, but it effectively communicates the importance of solid planning as a key to success for those who implement it. Whether as novice entrepreneurs, established entrepreneurs, experienced professionals or members of work teams, planning will always be essential.

A good plan allows you to align the various aspects of a project, such as technology, market, finance, regulations, among others, thus optimizing the definition of actions and the allocation of resources.
Among the most significant benefits of a plan are:

– Set clear goals and objectives.
– Define the direction and concentrate resources and efforts.
– Anticipate, mitigate or resolve risks that may arise along the way.
– Foresee and manage the necessary resources in a timely manner.
– Facilitate and strengthen the decision-making process.
– Boost productivity and efficiency, among others.

It is crucial to prevent the planning process from hindering project execution, avoiding “paralysis by analysis”. Some experts suggest that having 70% of the validated information is enough to get started, avoiding inaction due to excessive planning.

Flexibility is another essential feature that a plan must possess during its implementation. It is essential to constantly validate the original plan and adjust it as new information or circumstances not considered in the initial planning stage arise.

If you require information or support to integrate your Strategic Plan or Business Plan, we are at your service. contacto@ndcgroup.com.mx


The World Economic Forum conducts an extensive global survey annually involving experts from academia, business, government, the international community and civil society. This survey assesses the perception of the greatest risks, in the short and long term, facing the world.

In the most recent survey, 34 risks were identified, of which the 5 considered the most serious in terms of consequences stand out in the illustration.

It is important to note that none of the risks that occupied the first places of importance were of an economic nature.

Respondents’ perceptions show that in the next two years, two of the 5 risks identified as potentially most damaging are related to the potential misuse of technology, the development of technology, and the use of technology in the United States. The other three risks address environmental, social and geopolitical issues, showing significant diversity.

It is notable that, according to respondents, the most critical risks facing the world in 10 years will be of an environmental nature.

It seems that it is perceived that in the next 10 years we will have the capacity to mitigate most of the risks related to technology, economy, society and geopolitical aspects, but not those related to the environment.

The real problem lies not in our ability to address environmental risks, but in the lack of real will to do so, either through lack of information or sheer negligence.

We cannot wait 10 years to see if these predictions come true; It is imperative to start acting now. Governments, universities, companies and above all us, society, must collaborate to ensure a sustainable future with adequate living conditions and the ability to feed future generations.


Having clear goals and objectives is perhaps one of the most recurrent themes that we find in books on self-improvement and organizational development. However, it is one of the most ignored as well.

We focus on mastering the use of tools such as time management, strategic planning, leadership, technology, etc., and with this we want to design the direction and strategy with which we walk through personal and company life.

However, if we do not really know what our destination is, the above is of no great value. We will be building paths through trial and error, spending time and energy, only to change direction over and over again, wasting the potential we have to become the best version we can be of ourselves and our companies.

Let’s stop to “sharpen the axe.” Let’s dedicate quality time to reflect deeply and define precisely what we want our destination to be, and then we have to apply all the tools and strategies that will lead us to it.


Most of the things that happen in our lives are out of our control. However, the effect they will have on our lives depends largely on the way we react to them. It is there where we have the power that sometimes we do not capture, it is not what happens to us, it is how we DECIDE to respond to it.

Do we get scared and run away or do we face problems and solve them ? are we paralyzed by fear, or do we take them as a challenge that strengthens our resilience?
Recognizing first that we can do it and then making the decisions that need to be made is not easy, let alone comfortable. We need to stop blaming others, or fate, for the situation that guards our lives and accept responsibility that what happens in them is the result of the choices we make, or don’t make. The drivers of our lives are ourselves.

May this phrase always be in our consciousness in this year that is just beginning and may we all have the courage to apply it to release the tremendous power it has, so much so, to change our lives and turn them into what we want them to be.
Why did we publish this with the signature of NDC? Because we believe that a better person will always be a better CEO or General Manager and if you apply these principles in your personal life you will also do them in your company, with the same results.


Nearshoring is the global trend of companies to bring their production closer to their end markets to avoid risks and costs. Mexico is a country that is already registering the interest and arrival of a large number of companies looking to get closer to the largest market in the world.

The possibility that Asian aquaculture companies are going to be part of the nearshoring that is already manifesting itself in Mexico is very real.

Mexican entrepreneurs must be aware of this and prepare for competition, developing more cost-efficient companies and with well-structured and organized marketing strategies.

I share with you the column published in the most recent issue of the magazine Panorama Acuícola, Nov-Dec 2023, republished on my Medium Blog.

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Based in the Netherlands, and with operations in Alaska, New Zealand and Namibia, Kelp Blue is a company that grows the macroalgae known as Kelp (Macrosystis spp), which is mainly used for the production of biofertilizers and biostimulants, although it has other very important potential uses such as alginates to produce bioplastics. Kelp Blue is in the process of issuing a US$80 million Carbon Bond to finance the installation and operation of 1,000 hectares of Kelp in Namibia.

The carbon credit is a different financial instrument from carbon credits, since they are loans from investors that the company receives with the obligation to return them with interest within a set period. The fact that the resources are allocated to a specific objective that contributes to the mitigation of climate change due to the high carbon absorption capacity of this macroalgae, makes it very attractive among environmentally conscious investors who favor this type of project.

This example shows us the great financing potential that carbon credits represent for aquaculture, especially regenerative agriculture. At the COP28 meeting on climate change that is currently taking place in Dubai, the strengthening of carbon markets has been defined and important financing mechanisms are established for activities that contribute to the capture of carbon from the environment.

XII Firma 2023 online


Felicito a mi amigo el Dr. César Lodeiros Seijo y todo su equipo organizador por el gran éxito del XII FIRMA 2023, evento virtual que contó con el registro de más de 7,000 personas y en el que se presentaron conferencias magistrales y mesas de discusión de temas de suma importancia para nuestro sector.

Agradezco por la oportunidad brindada para presentar en este evento una conferencia magistral con respecto a los mercados de carbono y su potencial futuro para la pesca y acuacultura. Estos mercados poco a poco se consolidan como una alternativa de ingresos para la actividad acuícola y pesquera.

Felicidades de nueva cuenta por este gran esfuerzo de organización y coordinación. Pendientes para la XIII edición !!

XII Ibero-American Forum on Marine Resources and Aquaculture

I would like to thank the organizers of the XII Ibero-American Forum on Marine Resources and Aquaculture for providing me with the space to present the Keynote Lecture “Carbon markets and their potential impact on fisheries and aquaculture”.

This is a topic of great relevance in other economic sectors worldwide, but it is just beginning to be known in our sector. The generation of carbon certificates for subsequent commercialization in specialized markets can not only be a source of financing for fishing and aquaculture operations, but also a great contribution to the sustainability of these activities.

I invite you to review the entire program, there are a variety of topics of importance that will surely be of great interest.

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VIII Workshop on Financing in Aquaculture, a great success.

Organized by the U.S. Soybean Exporters Council (USSEC), the VIII Aquaculture Investment Workshop was held in Miami a few days ago. This high-level event brought together 100 experts and specialists in various aspects of aquaculture, who gathered to discuss four topics in panels: Opportunities and Challenges, Technology and Innovation, Access and Relevant Market Issues, and Financing, Banking and Investment. It was discussed how these issues impact the current situation and prospects of aquaculture globally, as well as their influence on the flow of investment into this sector. Soon I will share, in this space, some of the conclusions and highlights of this meeting.

Roberto Arosemena, President and CEO of NDC Consulting Group participated as Coordinator and Moderator of the Access and Relevant Market Issues Panel, sharing with high-level experts such as George Chamberlain, Roberto F., Stephen Gunther, Aidan Connolly, José Antonio Camposano, Pablo K., Patrick Bornhausen Roulet, Daniel Benetti, Alfredo Nicastro, among others.

Congratulations to USSEC, Jairo Amézquita and the entire team for once again carrying out an event characterized by its impeccable organization and coordination.

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Chamberlain from Global Aquaculture Alliance

I was very happy to meet my friend George Chamberlain again at the recent USSEC event in Miami. Looking back, I remembered that we met in 1996 during the meeting of the World Aquaculture Society in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, when he was its president.

At that meeting, of which for some reason, I have a clear memory, an unscheduled meeting was held in which George began to socialize the idea of creating an organization dedicated to promoting sustainability in aquaculture. The following year, this vision was concretized in the formation of the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), of which George was president until recently.

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Business Formality Favors the Capitalization of Companies.

I share with you my column in the January-February edition of Panorama Acuícola, where we commented on the importance of business formality of aquaculture companies to facilitate private investment in them. If you are interested in learning more about the subject and the investment options that your company may have, contact me, we will be happy to talk.


I recommend you to read the entire magazine, there is a lot of valuable information, send me an email and I will gladly send you the complete magazine in PDF. On page 50 you will find the full column.

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Development of aquaculture and agribusiness investment projects, Market Studies, Strategic Planning, Strengthening and Development of Human Capital, Design of Public Policy, Regulatory Framework and Ordering for Governments, Due Diligence, Private Capital Raising and Financing, Management and Compliance with Environmental Regulations, Lobbying (exclusive service in Mexico), Accompaniment and facilitation of foreign investment, and Advising Universities and Higher Education Centers in the strengthening of their academic and research programs