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Modernise Ships To Develop Fisheries Sustainably

MEXICO - With the delivery of engines in Sinaloa, satellite devices and instruments of fishing boats Modernisation Project Children, the Federal Government strengthens the development of the economy to ensure that the productive activities of fisheries and aquaculture are a permanent source of employment and profitability.

After recognising the new vision of the leaders of the fishermen to work more on issues related to research, develop new technologies and environmental sustainability, the Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food, Francisco Mayorga, insisted in advancing the training schemes for fishermen in small boats.

These actions, said in a working tour of the entity, allow the sector to find the fundamental solution to the challenges faced.

In this regard, he stressed the need for fishermen to take advantage of the good management of the known species in order to give greater sustainability to the fisheries and aquaculture sector in the country.

To support its activities, he added, carry out exploration and research to have new sources of wealth in the depths of the territorial sea that would increase fish production in the country.

He stressed that this year lawmakers authorised a budget of 280 million pesos, which will be used to build a marine research ship sailing through the Pacific Ocean and have the best technology in the world. By 2012, he added, there is expected to be further support leading to the authorisation of another boat for the Gulf of Mexico.

For its part, the Governor of Sinaloa, Mario Lpez Valdez, acknowledged the Secretary Mayorga for his support of agricultural and fisheries producers of the entity.

It also highlighted the efforts extended by the Federal Government during the frost that hit the state during February.

Introducing the Project of small vessel Modernisation, the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Ramon Corral Avila, explained that the benefit of this support by the Federal fisheries began in 2008 and aims to replace 15,000 outboard motors for boats children.

To fulfill the government's committment, he said that in the last three years the government has invested over one billion pesos which has replaced 9,565 outboards, benefiting 35,824 fishermen.

He clarified that this investment, the government's share of Sinaloa represents 19 per cent, which has resulted in direct benefits for 6,451 fishermen, who have replaced 669,000 outboard motors.

He indicated that the operation of the programme this year has approved more than $123 million to modernise two thousand boats below the national level.

Changes in goals

During the delivery of equipment and supplies, Corral Avila announced that in response to the genuine demands of the fishermen, the proposed goal to replace 15,000 outboard motors in the country will be changed from this year.

"You have requested the support not only to replace their outboard motors, but their boats and equipment purchases to improve the quality of the products caught on board and communications equipment primarily for the safety in their activity," he said.

He said the productive potential of the sector represents an immediate opportunity to support Mexican families with highly nutritious food, quality and safety checked.

the Fish Site Editor

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