Blue Aqua International appoints COO for its Oman subsidiary

Antonio Garza de Yta was appointed as COO of Blue Aqua International-Gulf, a subsidiary of Blue Aqua International, to oversee the shrimp and trout farming projects and a feed mill the company planned in the country.

Antonio Garza de Yta
March 27, 2024

Blue Aqua International-Gulf LLC (Blue Aqua Gulf), a subsidiary of Blue Aqua International Pte Ltd., appointed Antonio Garza de Yta as its chief operating officer (COO), who will be working directly with Farshad Shishehchian, Group CEO and founder of Blue Aqua International.

Garza de Yta brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Blue Aqua Gulf, having distinguished himself throughout his career in the aquaculture industry. In his previous role as senior advisor for aquaculture at Sustainable Technologies & Innovation Development Company (AWJ Innovation) in Oman, he played a key role in fostering sustainable practices and innovation within the sector. Garza de Yta's leadership qualities are further evidenced by his past presidency of the World Aquaculture Society (WAS) and his time as secretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture of Tamaulipas, Mexico.

The Omani government is making a big push to develop its aquaculture industry, recognizing its potential to address food security concerns and diversify the economy. By forming the National Strategy for Sustainable Development of Aquaculture (2012-2040), Oman sets a target of 200,000 tonnes of farmed fish production by 2040. Overall, the Omani government's commitment to aquaculture is significant. By addressing the challenges and continuing its development efforts, Oman has the potential to become a major player in the aquaculture industry, boosting food security and economic growth.

In 2024, Blue Aqua Gulf will launch the country's first hyperintensive round tank system, targeting a sustainable annual production of 1,000 tons of shrimp. This system boasts minimal environmental impact, exceptional cost-effectiveness, and optimized operations. The company plans to extend its positive influence beyond production by serving as a training center for future shrimp farmers and hosting a dedicated research and development department to continuously improve the technology. Their facilities will serve as a showcase for next-generation shrimp aquaculture.

Furthermore, their future expansion includes a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) trout farm with a 3,000-ton annual capacity and a 10,000-ton feed mill. This comprehensive project not only positions them as a frontrunner in sustainable aquaculture practices but also paves the way for Blue Aqua International's global expansion, solidifying its reputation as a leader in the field.