USA will supervise Ahome fishermen in the application of turtle excluder devices

Los Mochis, Sinaloa.- Inspectors from Conapesca, Semar and Profepa arrived at the port of Topolobampo to supervise the operation of Sea Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) in shrimp vessels.

The head of Conapesca, Octavio Almada Palafox, accompanied by federal officials of Fisheries, elements of Semar and inspectors of Profepa, stressed the importance of coordination between the agencies of the Government of Mexico and the industry to recover the certification of Mexican shrimp , prior to the visit of United States authorities. He urged the Mexican industrial sector to continue with the actions aimed at obtaining recertification.

The commissioner was received in the port of Topolobampo by shipowners and crew members of this fishery, who carry out the last details of preparing the boats to set sail from 00:00 hours on Tuesday, September 21, when the closure will be lifted throughout from the Mexican coastline of the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California.

“Progress is made in a positive way to regain the certification of Mexican shrimp and all the work that is done is for the well-being of the thousands of families that are dedicated to fishing, promoting at all times the unity and coordination of the sector to move forward ”, He stressed.

Almada Palafox said that the supervision tours began on September 10 in the ports of Guaymas and Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, and on September 14 in Tampico, Tamaulipas, with the aim of verifying the installation and correct use of TEDs in shrimp vessels, as part of the third phase of the Emerging Action Plan for the Conservation of Sea Turtles, launched by the Government of Mexico.

The operations are carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, through the National Aquaculture and Fisheries Commission (Conapesca), in coordination with the Ministry of the Navy (Semar) and the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa).

Federal authorities, previously trained, corroborated the proper application of the Official Mexican Standard for the techniques of its manufacture, installation and proper use in shrimp boats, he indicated.

The National Aquaculture and Fisheries Commissioner also visited La Reforma port, Angostura municipality, one of the largest coastal fishing grounds in the country and with the highest reports of bay shrimp production.

In the place, Almada Palafox exchanged points of view with the seafarers on the activity they carry out and called on them to respect the regulations in force in the General Law of Sustainable Fishing and Aquaculture during the captures.

Profepa carried out the certification of all the vessels, verified that they comply with the technical and legal provisions for the correct installation of the turtle excluder devices and called for the missing vessels to approach the Attorney General’s Office in order to be certified.

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Training was given to more than three thousand people, including netters, crew members, personnel from Conapesca, Semar and Profepa, as well as the Harbor Master’s Office, in the construction and operation of the TEDs during the second phase of the Emerging Actions Plan.

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