Mexico lifts bluefin tuna ban

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  • The Mexican federal government has lifted their ban on bluefin tuna fishing within its territorial waters, which has been in place since July of 2014.

    Sportfishing Association of California President Ken Franke received written confirmation of the change in a letter dated November 3rd from CONAPESCA representatives in San Diego.

    Also contained in the letter is confirmation of a daily bag limit of two bluefin tuna per day, per angler while maintaining the total limit of three daily limits per angler for trips lasting more than three days. The letter reads;

    Dear Ken,

    The Mexican federal government’s Official Daily Gazette (Diario Official de la Federación) published today the legislation that establishes sport fishing bag limits for the capture of Blue Fin Tuna (Thunnus orientalis) taking in Mexican waters in the Pacific Ocean by Mexican vessels (extendable to foreign vessels as well).

    It has established a capture quota for this species of two specimens per angler, per day, maintaining in effect the maximum cumulative bag limit of three times the daily limit for trips lasting three days or more.

    We appreciate your support in making this legislation known to your members and associates, inviting you to continue to practice responsible sport fishing.

    The important part of that letter is that the change is “extendable to foreign vessels as well” because when the reopening of the fishery was initially reported a couple days ago, it was reported as pertaining only to Mexican vessels, or trips departing through Mexico which would have left American sportfishing vessels on the outside looking in.

    The reopening of the bluefin tuna fishery in Mexico is effective immediately, and rumored to be good through the 2016 season at least.

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