MEXICO : The Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF) published the draft of a Mexican Official Rule establishing the terms and conditions for the responsible aquaculture of bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) in floating cages in waters under federal jurisdiction of Mexico, in the Pacific Ocean.
The regulatory proposals included in the rule (NOM-021-SAG / PESC-2016) were analyzed by the Tuna Technical Working Group, the Subcommittee on Responsible Fisheries and approved by the members of the National Advisory Committee on Agri-food Standardization.
The Technical Working Group was formed by the National Fisheries Institute; representatives of the productive sector of tuna farming in Baja California and of the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries, through the General Direction of Fisheries and Aquaculture, and the Subdelegation of Fishing in Baja California.
Several units and institutions linked to the sector participated in the Subcommittee on Responsible Fisheries.
This Official Mexican Rule is mandatory for holders of permits and concessions that catch bluefin tuna for farming purposes, as well as for holders of permits and concessions that grow bluefin tuna in floating cages.
This project will be subject to consultation during the following 60 calendar days from its publication in the DOF.
The bluefin tuna caught in Mexican waters of the Pacific Ocean EEZ is mainly intended for fattening in cages located on the coast of the Baja California peninsula and its main destination is the Japanese market (80 per cent). These tunas are also destined for the United States, Asia, Europe and Canada, and the Mexican domestic market.
The farming of this tuna in Baja California generates exports for around USD 50 million and creates about 3,000 direct and indirect jobs, according to data from the Secretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture of Baja California. FIS