On Sept. 26, 2023, SADER announced the beginning of the fishing season for blue, green and red lobsters within federal waters of the Pacific Ocean, including the Gulf of California. The lobster fishing industry is primarily located in Baja California and Baja California Sur, collectively contributing to nearly 65% of the national production. This activity holds great importance to the region, due to its economic impact and the creation of direct and indirect jobs.
SADER stated in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF) that agreements had been modified for the second time this year, so that the established seasons and closed fishing areas would not endanger the sustainability of the red lobster. Likewise, the ministry reported that in 2023 and 2024, fisheries will be able to harvest up to 7,307t of bluefin tuna within federal waters of the Pacific Ocean and marine areas falling under the jurisdiction of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (CIAT). However, SADER specified that this measure must be enforced without exceeding the annual limit of 4,068t. This measure contributes to the recovery of fish populations within the species listed in the CIAT Convention area.
Tuna fishing is an important activity due to the economic contribution it generates at the national level. "The tuna industry plays a prominent role in the production of food for domestic consumption and job creation, both in its extraction phase and in processing and marketing," highlighted SADER in the DOF.
SADER noted that non-compliance with the measures outlined in the DOF will result in penalties as stipulated in the General Law on Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, along with other relevant legal provisions. Furthermore, oversight of both agreements falls under the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA) and the Navy, each within their respective areas of responsibility.