As of today, September 22, the catch season for all shrimp species is generalized for larger vessels in the waters under federal jurisdiction on the Pacific coast, both on the high seas, bays and lagoon systems, estuaries and in the Gulf of California. Also for smaller vessels in Sinaloa, from Bahía Ceuta to the limits with Sonora.
The National Commissioner of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Octavio Almada Palafox, accompanied relatives of the fishermen in the traditional farewell at the Pier de la Puntilla in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, at the start of the 2022 Pacific Ocean and Gulf of California catch season. 2023.
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On board a shrimp boat, the Conapesca official held talks with the crew, the boat’s skipper, motorist, cook and the rest of the sailors.
In front of the Virgen del Mar, he sent a message of good wishes to all the members of the Mexican shrimp fishery sector:
“May they do well and have a lot of production and with it a better economy in their families. May Mexico always be a leader in the shrimp industry, given its importance and what it contributes to the Mexican food system.”
The company thanked the president of the Union of Shipowners of the Pacific Coast, Jesús Omar Lizárraga Manjarrez, as well as members of the National Chamber of Fisheries and Aquaculture Industries (Canainpesca), Humberto Becerra Bautista and Fernando Medrano Freeman.
“My appreciation goes to all those who make up Canainpesca, the Union of Shipowners, the owners of the boats for their work, perseverance and dedication, because they contribute to the economy, to the generation of jobs that drive the economy of Mazatlan and the whole country,” he claimed.
“Because they continue to make an effort without losing faith and hope that people go out to work, come back and that product is sold for national consumption and is exported,” added Palafox.
He also thanked the support for the promotion of fisheries and aquaculture from the national president of Canainpesca, Miller Alexander Longoria.
According to the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF) from this date, September 22, from 00:00 hours the lifting of the shrimp ban in the jurisdictional waters of the Pacific Ocean from border to border, including the Gulf of California, for larger and smaller vessels in Sinaloa, from Bahía Ceuta to the limits with Sonora.
Shrimp boats depart from the port of Mazatlan, which has the largest fishing fleet in the country, as well as from other ports in Sinaloa, Sonora, Baja California, and Baja California Sur.
Ships also sailed from the ports of Nayarit, Colima, Michoacán, Oaxaca, Guerrero and Chiapas.
They expect better catches and sizes of the crustacean
The head of Conapesca, Almada Palafox, highlighted the collaboration of Mexican netters and producers to maintain the shrimp certification for export to the United States, which is its main market.
He commented that during the ban the participation of all the members of the crustacean fishing sector in the courses and workshops of the Awareness and Training Program for the Construction, Installation and Operation of Devices to Exclude Sea Turtles (TED) and Fish (DEP) was valuable. 2022, which took place in the main ports of the country.
He also thanked the fishing sector for its support in the “Let the shrimp grow” campaign, implemented by Conapesca, with which the culture of respect for the ban was reinforced for around six months.
Thanks to this campaign, there is confidence that in this 2022-2023 season there will be better catches and sizes of the crustacean.
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Finally, Almada Palafox called on fishermen on the high seas to be attentive to the official hurricane warnings issued by the National Water Commission (Conagua) and the National Civil Protection Coordination, because their families are waiting for them to return.