Restocking wild oyster populations in Mexico
In 1996, the first modern (marine) pearl farm on the American continent was established in Mexico under its trademark of “Perlas del Mar de Cortez”. This cooperative owned pearl farm operates using techniques developed locally and has established environmental, labor and quality protocols.
For a period of about four centuries, Mexican pearls reigned supreme throughout the world, and were the most important source of ‘new world’ pearls. This also led to serious overfishing of wild oysters and depletion of numerous oyster banks in the region. As early as 1939, the Federal Mexican Government issued a Pearl Oyster Fishing ban in order to save the few remaining pearl beds from complete destruction.
Discover more pearl
sustainability case studies
Click on the case studies to learn more