Antonio Garza de Yta
Dr. Antonio Garza de Yta has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey. M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Aquaculture from Auburn University. He is a former Director General for Planning, Programming and Evaluation of the National Commission for Aquaculture and Fisheries in Mexico (CONAPESCA).
Within the World Aquaculture Society (WAS) he has served as the President of the Latin-American and Caribbean Chapter (LACC-WAS) and was elected by his peers to the board of WAS then to President, he is currently serving in the Past President position. Director of the International Association of Astacology (IAA).
During the last couple of decades Dr. Garza worked hands-on with farmers and was actively involved in turnkey projects and training in aquaculture in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Chile, Argentina, Ghana, Lebanon, Oman, and Australia. He has given lectures on Crustacean Aquaculture, Water Quality Management and Aquaculture Development and performed training around the world. As well, he has participated as speaker in most of the important events of aquaculture worldwide (WAS, IAA, FAO among others). He was one of the founders of CIDEEA, International Center for Strategic Studies in Aquaculture - one of the top Consultancy companies in Latin America for aquaculture planning, governance, innovation, project design and development, technology transfer, markets and marketing, capacity building, due diligence of private and public initiatives and prospective studies.
Dr. Garza has worked as a private consultant for aquaculture projects in. He has been involved in several diagnoses and strategic planning programs and has cooperated actively with the FAO since 2007. Dr. Garza has published and served as reviewer of articles in scientific journals and magazines in the Americas and Asia and recently published a book chapter on Crayfish Aquaculture.
He is the current President of Aquaculture without Frontiers, a charity working to assist with aquaculture farming in developing countries.