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NOAA Fisheries Announces Positive Certification Decision for Mexico Bycatch

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NOAA Fisheries has issued a positive certification decision to Mexico for its bycatch of North Pacific loggerhead sea turtles under the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act.

Bycatch is the incidental catch or mortality of fish and protected species, such as marine mammalssea turtlesseabirds, and
sharks.  Addressing global bycatch is a major priority for the NOAA Fisheries Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection. 

Following identification of Mexico for North Pacific loggerhead sea turtle bycatch in the Gulf of Ulloa, NOAA Fisheries worked with Mexico in its development of regulatory measures that are comparable in effectiveness to the United States to address sea turtle bycatch. 

Early this summer, Mexico announced revised and strengthened bycatch regulations and in a July 2016 meeting with President Obama, Mexican President  Peña Nieto announced his government’s commitment to continue long-term protections of these regulations for North Pacific loggerhead sea turtles. Mexico and the United States have agreed to work together on research and improve shared knowledge on how to reduce bycatch of loggerheads.

NOAA Fisheries commends Mexico on its measures to reduce bycatch of North Pacific loggerhead sea turtles, and remains committed to continued collaboration with its international partners for the conservation of these protected species. 

The United States is a global leader in the conservation of living marine resources and ensuring the health and sustainability of fisheries on a domestic and international scale, including support for measures to reduce bycatch—a global threat to many protected marine species.

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