Why is the future of shrimp farmers in Sinaloa at risk?
For shrimp fishing in Sinaloa, the future is uncertain and it is necessary to declare a state of emergency for the offshore fishing fleet, said the president of the National Chamber of the Fishing and Aquaculture Industries (Canainpesca), Humberto Becerra Bautista.
The fishing leader commented that the high price of fuel, lack of government support, low volumes of catch and falling prices are factors to issue this declaration, coupled with the decrease in the budget for fishing in Sinaloa.
He indicated that there are 40 thousand jobs stranded because many fishermen did not venture to sea for third seasonal fishing because they assured that it was not worth the effort due to the low-profit-margin.
Becerra Bautista estimated that the decrease in the budget will not affect the temporary employment program, but it could affect fleet modernization, consumer promotion campaigns, product inspection and surveillance, and support components.
He thanked the support of the President of the Republic, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, to avoid the closure of the Gulf of California to fishing, however, he asked to look for a scheme to activate the sector and a competitive price of energy.
He noted that the support of four pesos that have been given to the diesel, leaves them out of competitiveness and profitability, so they will ask that a special price is established in the energy for the coastal and offshore fleet.
The leader of the industrialists considered that the ideal price of fuel for fishing to be sustained should be 9.80 pesos per liter according to how it is in the United States, while in Mexico it is 20 or 21 pesos per liter.