(MENAFN- Caribbean News Global) UNITED STATES / MEXICO – The Department of State notified Congress on October 21, 2021 of Mexico’s certification under Section 609 of US Law 101-162 (“Section 609”) .
Section 609 prohibits the importation of shrimp and shrimp products harvested in a manner that harms marine turtle species. This certification, re-authorizing the importation of wild shrimp into the United States from Mexico in accordance with Section 609, is based on a determination that Mexico’s Turtle Control Program (TED) is again comparable in efficiency to the American program.
The United States and Mexico have worked closely on marine turtle conservation as well as a range of bilateral fisheries and marine conservation issues. The government of Mexico has implemented an action plan in recent months to strengthen marine turtle conservation in its shrimp trawl fisheries, which has significantly improved the use of TEDs by its fishing industry. fishery, as verified by a team of officials from the State Department and the Marine Fisheries Service.
The U.S. government is currently providing technology and capacity building assistance to other countries to help recover marine turtle species and help them achieve Section 609 certification. When properly designed, built, installed, used and maintained, TEDs allow 97 percent of sea turtles to escape the shrimp net without appreciable loss of shrimp.
The US government is also promoting legislation in other countries to prevent the importation of shrimp harvested in a manner detrimental to protected sea turtles.
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