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Mexico to Ban Shrimp Fishing

by 5m Editor
11 March 2009, at 12:00am

MEXICO - The National Aquaculture and Fishing Commission (CONAPESCA) set 23 March as the starting date for the shrimp ban on the high seas, estuary and bay areas. The fishing prohibition is aimed at safeguarding shrimp stocks, which are now breeding.

According to Analia Murias of fis, the Federal Commission of Regulatory Improvement and the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishery and Foods (SAGARPA) will be informed of the proposed date, which will also be published in the Official Federal Newspaper.

The general director of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ordinance Department, Martin Botello Ruvalcaba, says that the studies carried out by the National Fisheries Institute (INP) point to the viability of the ban date in safeguarding shrimp breeding.

"We have the date of 23 March as ideal for the start of the fisheries ban in high seas, estuaries and bays. We have already informed fisheries leaders so that they can begin preparing their vessels,” the official said.

"In the following days, the date proposal will be sent to COFEMER, SAGARPA and the Official Federal Newspaper to be published in advance, thus establishing the ban for 23 March,” he added.

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