Tuna ban period modified in the Pacific
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Tuna capture (Photo: Sagarpa)MEXICOMonday, October 02, 2017,21:30 (GMT + 9)TheSecretariat of Agriculture, Livestock,

 
Tuna capture. (Photo: Sagarpa)

 

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Monday, October 02, 2017, 21:30 (GMT + 9)

 

The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) published an agreement amending the first and third sections of a similar one that establishes a temporary ban for fishing trade of yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares), bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus), bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) and skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis) in federal waters of Mexico.

Under the new agreement, it is also temporarily prohibited for Mexican-flagged purse seiners to catch such species on the high seas and foreign jurisdictional waters that are in the regulatory area of ​​the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) in 2017, published on 14 July 2017.

On the basis of the best available scientific information, it was resolved to extend the closure periods applicable to the tuna fishery in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) this year, to 72 days. In addition, an exception is included so that purse-seine vessels with a current Dolphin Mortality Limit (DML) can fish for ten days from the previously selected ban period, but are not allowed to make a set of floating objects. It also modifies the closure period established in the area between 96° and 110° West and 4° North and 3° South, within the EPO, known as the little pen (corralito).

Section 1.- A temporary closure is established for the commercial fishing of yellowfin tuna, bigeye tuna, bluefin tuna and skipjack tuna vessels with a Mexican flag of 182 and more metric tons of carrying capacity used by purse seines in waters of jurisdiction federal law of Mexico in the Pacific Ocean, as well as in the high seas and foreign jurisdictional waters of the EPO that are included in the area delimited by the coast of North, Central and South America and by the following lines: the parallel of the 40° latitude North from the coast of North America, to its intersection with the meridian of 150° West longitude; the meridian of the 150° West longitude to its intersection with the parallel of 40° south latitude and this parallel to its intersection with the coast of South America in the following periods:

I. From the day following the publication of this agreement (September 29) until 24:00 hours on October 8, 2017.

Alternatively, holders of commercial fishing permits and concessions for Mexican flagged tuna vessels of 182 and more metric tons of carrying capacity using purse seines in Mexican federal waters of the Pacific Ocean as well as in waters offshore and in the foreign jurisdictional waters of the EPO, may be subject to the following closure period:

II. From 00:00 hours on November 9, 2017 until 24:00 hours on January 19, 2018.

In addition, and in compliance with IATTC Resolution C-17-02, a purse-seine vessel with a current Dolphin Mortality Limit (LMD) may fish for ten days of the respective closed season, either from 00:00 hours from September 29, 2017 until October 8, 2017, or from 00:00 hours on November 9, 2017 until 24:00 hours on November 18, 2017, but it will not be able to make a set on floating objects during that period.

Section Three.- A temporary ban is established for the commercial fishing of yellowfin tuna, bigeye tuna, bluefin tuna and skipjack tuna purse seiners, of 182 and more metric tons of carry capacity, with Mexican flag, since 00:00 hours from October 9 to 24:00 hours on November 8, 2017, in the area between 96° and 110° West and 4° North and 3° South, within the EPO.

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