Mexico seeks to regain certification to export shrimp to the U.S. with this plan

11/06/2021

Mexican shrimp fishermen lost their certification to export to the United States after they caught sea turtles by mistake during their working days. As a result, the Mexican government published an action plan to guarantee the conservation of these animals in the Official Journal of the Federation (DOF).

Mexican shrimp may be exported to the U.S. Image: Pixabay
Mexican shrimp may be exported to the U.S. Image: Pixabay

This plan includes courses for fishermen, crew members, federal fisheries officers of the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (Conapesca) and elements of the Secretariat of the Navy (Semar), as well as personnel of the Federal Attorney's Office for Environmental Protection (Profepa).

The Government also seeks to take into account the implementation of control and verification measures and the imposition of sanctions for those who do not respect the laws that apply. The president of the National Agricultural Council (CNA), Juan Cortina, indicated that urgent measures must be taken because Mexico exports 80% of its shrimp to the United States. These transactions generate up to 257 million dollars per year in foreign currency.

Cortina points out that in 2010 there had already been an embargo due to the same cause. During that year, losses reached 90 million dollars, according to the official. However, although shrimp cultivated in aquaculture farms will not receive these sanctions, they do not have the same demand as wild shrimp due to their flavor. This is why the government is seeking to act to avoid the losses of 11 years ago.