Fisheries and Aquaculture, State of Tamaulipas, Mexico
Dr Antonio Garza de Yta received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey (1997), and an M.Sc. (2001) and Ph.D. in Aquaculture (2009) from Auburn University. He is President Elect of the World Aquaculture Society (WAS), and the President for Aquaculture without Frontiers Latin America.
During the last couple of decades Dr. Garza worked hands-on with farmers and was actively involved in turn-key projects and training in aquaculture in Mexico and Latin America. He has given lectures on Crustacean Aquaculture, Water Quality Management and Aquaculture Development and performed training around the world. Dr. Garza has worked as a private consultant for aquaculture projects in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Chile, Argentina, Ghana, Lebanon, and Australia. He has been involved in several diagnoses and strategic planning programs and has cooperated actively with FAO since 2007. As well, he has participated as speaker in most of the important events of aquaculture worldwide (WAS, FAO, UNIDO among others). Dr. Garza has published and served as reviewer of articles in several scientific journals and magazines worldwide.
Dr. Garza, in collaboration with Auburn University’s Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, developed the Certification for Aquaculture Professionals (CAP) Program. He actively promoted the Certification in Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He firmly believes that education and professionalization of aquaculture are the key components most needed worldwide to develop individual and commercial enterprise. He served as Director General for Planning, Programming and Evaluation of the National Commission for Aquaculture and Fisheries in Mexico (CONAPESCA), and as Rector of the Universidad Tecnologica del Mar de Tamaulipas Bicentenario, until he recently was appointed as Secretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture for the State of Tamaulipas, México.