|Virtual Pearl Farm Tour|
Here you will get to know most of the operations performed in a Pearl Farm, so grab your favorite sandals, get your sunglasses and prepare to immerse yourself inside Mexico's Premiere Pearl Farm.
This pearl farm is currently owned by a group of Mexican Investors, including the three original founders of the original research project. The farm's installations are still based at the Guaymas Campus of the ITESM (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and popularly known as "Tec de Monterrey"). This Campus has been around since 1968, specializing in courses related to Aquaculture, Marine Biology, Food Processing and Conservation Management until the year 2002, when it finally ended up as a high-school known as "Tec Milenio". Many important advances in the field aquaculture took place here, when applied research was an important part of this Institute.
The Pearl Farm itself resides inside one of Guaymas' most beautiful bays: Bacochibampo Bay (meaning "Bay of Sea-Snakes" in the Yaqui Indian language). The farm itself evolved -back in 1991- as a spin-off from a Research Project ("Aquaculture of Native Bivalve Species") that had begun back in 1985. The project grew both in size and importance, until in 1996 it was finally declared as a high-priority project under the name of "ITESM/Perlas de Guaymas", then renamed as "Perlas del Mar de Cortez" in the year 2000.
There are three areas that are important for a pearl farming venture: