Shrimp fishing vessels. (Photo: Sagarpa)
Shrimp closures set in Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea
Thursday, April 23, 2015, 02:00 (GMT + 9)
Based on the results of research and biological surveys conducted by the National Fisheries Institute (INAPESCA) in different areas of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, the National Committee for Fisheries and Aquaculture (CNPA) set the dates for the start of the temporary shrimp ban this year.
The purpose of these closures is to maintain the sustainability of the marine crustacean in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.
The agreed dates for the closure of the various shrimp species in the Atlantic Coast are:
- From 1 May 1 to 15 August, 2015: In the offshore area stretching from the US border, in Tamaulipas, to the mouth of the Coatzacoalcos River (Veracruz);
- From 15 June to 1 November this year: in the coastal strip in front of the states of Campeche and Tabasco, for pink shrimp fishery;
- From 1 May to 30 September, 2015: in the coastal strip opposite the states of Campeche and Tabasco, for the seabob shrimp fishery;
- From 15 June to 30 September this year: in the area of Contoy.
Furthermore, the authority established a temporary ban for catching all shrimp species in the estuarine lagoon systems under federal jurisdiction of the Gulf of Mexico, in the following periods and areas:
- From 27 May to 11 July 2015: in the Gulf of Mexico estuarine lagoon systems from the US border in Tamaulipas, to the mouth of the Coatzacoalcos River;
- From 1 May to 30 September, 2015: in Tabasco state estuarine lagoon systems.
Moreover, the period of permanent fishing ban will remain for all marine shrimp species in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea that are included in the marine area from the 0 to 15 miles starting on the coastline, from Aguada Island (Campeche) to the border with Belize, including the lagoons and coastal areas in the Yucatan peninsula, except for the fishing grounds of Contoy.
The meeting included the director general of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the National Aquaculture and Fisheries Committee (CONAPESCA), Víctor Manuel Arriaga Haro; representatives of the Navy Secretariat, of the fishing sub-delegations of Campeche and Tamaulipas; the governments of Tamaulipas and Yucatan; and producers of Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Campeche and Yucatan as well as INAPESCA scientists.
By Analia Murias
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member SAGARPA - Secretaria de Agricultura, Ganaderia, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentacion