Shrimp vessels. (Photo: Luis Eustaquio/FIS)
Shrimp ban down Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean
Thursday, April 26, 2012, 04:20 (GMT + 9)
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Sagarpa) determined the temporary closure for the capture of all shrimp species in marine waters under federal jurisdiction in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.
The fishing ban will apply in the following dates and areas:
- From 25 April to 10 August, 2012 in the region from the mouth of the river Bravo (Tamaulipas) to the mouth of the river Coatzacoalcos (Veracruz);
- From 1 to 28 February, 2013 in the area ranging from the river Bravo to the mouth of the river Coatzacoalcos;
- From 25 April to 7 November, 2012 in marine waters ranging from the mouth of the river Coatzacoalcos to the border with Belize.
Contoy fisheries and marine waters of the coastal strip facing the states of Campeche and Tabasco are excluded from this provision for fishing Atlantic seabob (Xiphopenaeus kroyeri) with smaller vessels.
On the other hand, a fishing ban will enter into force from 20 May until 7 November, 2012 in the marine waters of the fishing grounds of Contoy, and from 1 May to 30 September this year in the coastal strip in front of the states of Campeche and Tabasco, for the fishery of Atlantic seabob with smaller vessels.
Sagarpa also ordered a temporary ban for the capture of all the existing species of shrimp in the estuarine lagoon systems under federal jurisdiction in the Gulf of Mexico, from 10 May until 24 June, 2012, from the mouth of the river Bravo to the river Coatzacoalcos.
Besides, a temporary ban was set from 1 May to 30 September, 2012 in the estuarine lagoon systems of the state of Tabasco, and the permanent ban on shrimp fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, including the coastal strip from 0 to 15 miles from the coastline, from Aguada Island (Campeche), to the borders with Belize, covering the lagoons and coastal areas in the Yucatan peninsula, except for the fishing grounds of Contoy.
In March, Sagarpa ordered the ban on fishing for all the shrimp species that exist in the marine waters under federal jurisdiction of the Pacific Ocean.
The affected area includes marine waters, estuarine lagoon systems, marshes and bays of the states of Baja California Sur, Sonora, Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco and Colima.
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By Analia Murias