The US withdraws Mexico’s certification on shrimp fishing

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According to journalistic versions, Conapesca and the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection disappeared at the end of 2018 the training program for captains and crews of fishing boats on the use of TEDs, one of the necessary requirements to export to the United States.

The United States government today completed the withdrawal of Mexico’s certification on shrimp fishing, after determining that the country’s offshore fleet does not have Sea Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs), For this reason, it de facto imposed an embargo on imports of the crustacean in the high seas in Mexico.

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In a notice published today, the State Department’s Office of Oceans and International and Scientific Environmental Affairs indicated that the US authorities suspended Mexico’s certification “because its sea turtle protection program is no longer comparable to that of the United States.” , while it did renew the certifications of other countries.

The withdrawal of the certification implies the closure of the main export destination of Mexican shrimp, in a fishing industry that in 2018 sold the crustacean to the United States for $ 275 million; the measure prevents the export of shrimp caught in the high seas, but does not include animals harvested through aquaculture.

This action was seen to come: at the end of March, the National Aquaculture and Fisheries Commission (Conapesca) had already warned that, in visits to Mexico to verify compliance with the turtle protection regulations, the US authorities found evidence of a “Inappropriate use of TEDs”

According to journalistic versions, Conapesca and the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) disappeared at the end of 2018 the training program for captains and crews of fishing boats on the use of TEDs, one of the necessary requirements to export to States. United.

Source: proceso.com.mx

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