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Croaker in the Gulf of California gets Sustainable Management Plan

12 November 2012

MEXICO - The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), through the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA) and the National Fisheries Institute (INAPESCA), has launched a Fisheries Management Plan to maintain a sustainable fisherie for croaker (Cynoscion othonpterus) in the northern Gulf of California.

This Management Plan, published in the Official Journal of the Federation (DOF), will also preserve the sources of employment for fishermen in the region.

The Management Plan prepared by the INAPESCA, provides information and analysis for defining management programmes that encourage responsible fishing and increase value.

Its application will protect the areas of recruitment and reproduction and breeding of the species in coastal and estuarine habitats.

The Management Plan also ensure that products from the fishery meet quality and hygiene standards and processes for landing, processing and transportation are improved, giving greater competitiveness and higher incomes for fishermen.

There will also be the establishment of monitoring and evaluation programmes to prevent overexploitation.

With this, the Fisheries Management Plan promotes the restoration of conditions of the Colorado River Delta (key site in the reproductive period of the species) by freshwater inputs to generate an optimal habitat for the development of croaker.

As part of the Management Plan, fishermen will be trained in order to promote better processes of capture, handling and marketing, and to know the benefits generated by responsible and sustainable fishing.

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