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Commercial Tuna Fishing Reopens in Mexico

MEXICO - The CONAPESCA has reported that the temporary ban on purse seine vessels flying the Mexican flag capturing tuna in the area of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), has ended.

The agreement published on 22 September, 2011, in the Official Journal of the Federation, established the temporary closure of the commercial fishing for yellowfin, bigeye, bluefin and skipjack tuna from 18 November, 2011 until 24:00 am on 18 January, 2012.

Therefore the practice of commercial fishing for tuna using purse seine tuna fishing vessels of 182 tons is now open.

The tuna are the third group of species (tuna, skipjack and bonito) in importance for the national fisheries production . Together they account for eight per cent of total domestic production in 2011, which was one 1,646,000 tons.

Lucy Towers

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