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Shrimp Closure in Pacific Ocean Starts in a Month

MEXICO - Based on studies and research conducted by the National Fisheries Institute (INAPESCA), the National Fisheries and Aquaculture agreed to initiate the closure of shrimp in the Pacific Ocean beginning on 15 March 2012.

The National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (Conapesca) announced that in the Upper Gulf of California and the Gulf of Tehuantepec the shrimping season will conclude on March 25 at midnight, so the closure will begin on 26 March.

The meeting of the National Committee for Fisheries and Aquaculture was held on February 10 in Hermosillo, Sonora, and was chaired by the head of the Conapesca, Ramon Corral Avila, who highlighted the importance of establishing a temporary closure for the use of different species of shrimp in the Pacific Ocean coastline.

INAPESCA researchers, led by the Chief Director of the institute, Raul Romo Adam Trujillo, conducted the presentation of results of the samplings carried out in different areas of the Pacific Ocean, with descriptions of their historical production averages compared with those of this season, the average size of organisms, sexual maturity, and environmental data of the conditions that prevailed during the past year and how that might influence distribution and abundance.

INAPESCA researchers also presented the current scenario of shrimp stocks in the Pacific Ocean and those who may have to apply different management measures, emphasising the importance of establishing a closed season that contributes to the protection of shrimp stocks.

Charlotte Johnson

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