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Latino Daily News

Saturday October 16, 2010

Ocean Shrimp from Mexico Can Now be Imported to U.S.

The State Department today certified Mexico allowing it to import its shrimp and shrimp products harvested from its commercial fisheries as a result of numerous strides the country has made in sea turtle conservation. 

The United States and Mexico have been working in close cooperation on sea turtle conservation as well as a range of marine conservation issues of importance to both countries. The Government of Mexico implemented a plan of action in the past several months to strengthen sea turtle conservation in its shrimp trawl fisheries.

The certification law has proven to be an effective conservation method to protect endangered sea turtles species by encouraging foreign governments to regulate the use of well-designed and installed turtle excluder devices.