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Trawler fishing for shrimp. (Photo: Sagarpa)

Pacific shrimp fishing ban lifted

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 23:30 (GMT + 9)

The fishing ban is lifted for all shrimp species in marine waters of federal jurisdiction of the Pacific Ocean, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA).

The measure was determined by the National Committee of Fisheries and Aquaculture, with the participation of various fishing and aquaculture groups, and resulted in the initiation of catches of the crustacean by smaller vessels from Baja California Sur, Sonora, Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco and Colima, Meridiano reported.

Between September 11 and 19 there will be approximately 7,906 smaller vessels and 731 larger vessels that will start the shrimp capture season in the Pacific Ocean systems.

SAGARPA specified that as of 00:00 hours on September 11, 2018, the fishing restriction was lifted in the Magdalena-Almejas Lagoon System in the State of Baja California Sur. On the same date, fishing was allowed in the estuarine lagoon systems, marshes and bays located in the aforementioned entities (Sonora, Central-North of Sinaloa, Jalisco and Colima).

It specifies that at 00:00 hours on September 18, 2018, the prohibition to catch crustacean concludes in the lagoon-estuarine systems and marshes of the South of Sinaloa and Nayarit.

Likewise, as of 06:00 hours on September 19, 2018, the closure in the marine waters of federal jurisdiction of the Pacific Ocean, from the border with the United States of America, including the Gulf of California, to the limits with the Republic of Guatemala, will come to an end.

This Agreement published in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF) emphasizes that SAGARPA, through the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA), as well as the Secretariat of the Navy, will watch over the strict compliance with this Agreement, each one in its field of competence.

It should be noted that the establishment of closed periods for the shrimp fishery is one of the main management measures that helps to protect the maximum periods of reproduction and recruitment of this marine resource, which contributes to obtaining sizes of greater commercial value and to increasing the amounts of production of the resource, as a consequence of the restriction of the crustacean catch during that period.

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