MEXICO : Directors of the National Aquaculture and Fishery Commission (CONAPESCA), the National Fisheries Institute (INAPESCA) and the coastal and high seas fishing sector, reached an agreement to set the start of the shrimp ban in the Pacific protected and marine waters as of March 20, 2017.
The decision was made based on the results of research carried out by INAPESCA in the shrimp biomass sampling.
In addition, recommendations were established for the care and sustainability of the fishing resource, which were accompanied by CONAPESCA's proposals, also made up of leaders from the coastal and offshore fisheries sector.
The schedule of dates proposed by INAPESCA was five days apart for rivers and high seas, that is, on March 15 for the protected waters of Baja California Sur, Sonora; North, central and south of Sinaloa; and Nayarit; and on March 20 for the marine waters of the Mexican Pacific coast.
However, the General Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture Management of CONAPESCA decided to approve the starting date of the shrimp closure on the Pacific coast, for both lagoon and offshore systems, on March 20.
For its part, INAPESCA stressed the importance of adapting to climate changes and, in turn, presented the analysis of the catches of the 2015-2016 season, where it is estimated that 35,300 tonnes will be registered at the end of the season.
Attendees to the Ban Committee included representatives of the National Chamber of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Industry, the Coastal Pacific Shipowners Union, the National Confederation of Fishing Cooperatives, and the cooperative fisheries federations of Nayarit, Sinaloa, Sonora, Baja California, Chiapas and Oaxaca as well as the Port Captaincy of Mazatlan and SEMAR. FIS