The Mexican Government announced the Second Stage of the Strategic Project for Fisheries Development in 2023, with an investment of MX$48 million (US$2.8 million). The project aims to support the socio-economic development of Sonora’s Yaqui community.
Initiated by the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA), this project aims to create opportunities and enhance the lives of the Yaqui community through strategic interventions in the fisheries sector. The project began in 2021 with an investment of MX$31.3 million (US$1.8 million) in the Las Guasimas community. Within the framework of the project, the fishing fleet was renewed by 28%. The first stage saw the delivery of essential assets, including 85 boats, mobile units and the Basic Infrastructure Units (UBI), in municipalities such as Cajeme, Bacum, Guaymas and San Ignacio Rio Muerto, Sonora.
During the second stage, the Mexican government is set to invest over MX$48 million (US$2.8 million), which will rejuvenate the fishing industry in the region. The Cooperative of Yaqui's Community Fishing Production Society (SCL), comprising 579 members, will be the primary beneficiary of this project. With this investment, 67% of the fishing fleet will be renewed and the Yaqui community's fishing infrastructure will be strengthened.
The project includes the delivery of 115 boats with outboard motors, 230 life jackets, 115 flares, 115 communication radios, as well as a five-ton mobile unit with a dry box. In addition, a Basic Infrastructure Unit will be built for primary processing, storage and conservation of the product, as well as a dock for the berthing of small boats in the town of Bahia de Lobos, Municipality of San Ignacio Rio Muerto.
This project is part of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s commitment with the Traditional Guard of the Yaqui Tribe and the Governors of the Eight Yaqui Pueblos to integrate the Justice Commission for the Yaqui People in August 2020.