Yesterday, the United States Government formally notified the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (Conapesca) of the certification of Mexican shrimp to be exported to that market. Based on the above, it is demonstrated that Mexico has a program to reduce sea turtle bycatch with the use of Sea Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) in its shrimp fisheries, which are comparable to the U.S. program, following Section 609 of the U.S. legislation.
Obtaining the certification is also the result of coordinated work and effort within the Mexican Government, between the Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, through Conapesca, the Mexican Navy (Semar), Foreign Affairs (SRE), Economy (SE), and Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), through the Federal Attorney's Office for Environmental Protection (Profepa), as well as the Mexican Embassy in the United States and the Mexican shrimp industry.
Since April 30, 2021, the Mexican government has made a strong commitment to recovering this certification as soon as possible. To this end, a U.S. delegation was invited and received from September 16 to 30, composed of Mr. Jared Milton, from the State Department, and Mr. Aaron Blake, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Víctor Manuel Villalobos Arámbula, Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development endorsed the Mexican Government's commitment to the sustainable production of Mexican shrimp, through effective and comparable measures that ensure the conservation and protection of sea turtles.