The total of the country’s shrimp fleet counts in its networks with Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) and 100 percent of the offshore shrimp fleet on the Pacific coast are using meshes equipped with Fish Excluder Devices (DEP) as part Of the policy of Responsible Fishing that drives the Government of the Republic, which has given Mexico a preferential status in world markets.
Since 2014, CONAPESCA has initiated a training program for fishermen in the operation of the DEPs as part of the prevention of bycatch of fish, an addendum whose use is mandatory, starting in September 2016.
This was stated by the head of the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA), Mario Aguilar Sánchez, leading the Third Regular Session of the Technical Council of the agency of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) , Where he emphasized the practice of measures of protection of the sea turtle and reduction of accompanying fauna in the shrimp fishing that is registered in the country.
“With these measures for the protection and conservation of turtles, as well as the reduction of by-catch of fish in the shrimp catch in the high seas, Mexico is positioned in the international context as a country concerned by the application Of responsible fishing practices, for the benefit of sustainability. ”
In addition, he announced that CONAPESCA, in coordination with other agencies, has implemented since 2010 the emerging training program on the efficient use of TEDs directed to the deep-sea shrimp fisheries sector in Mexico.
A number of training actions have also been carried out to sensitize boaters and crew on the efficient use of TEDs for the protection of sea turtles.
When specifying that at the end of this year 17 thousand 370 fishermen have been trained in the efficient use of Turtle and Fish Excluder Devices, the SAGARPA official remarked that since the beginning of the current administration, responsible fishing has been One of the priorities of the public practices applied in coordination with the productive sector.
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