IUU Presidental Task Force rules Dorado from Mexico may be illegal to import into U.S.A.

WorldsAqarium working to save the Sea of Cortes

For Immediate Release, August 19, 2015

Contact: Vince Radice (520) 303-2789 email: vince@worldsaquarium.com

Dorado from Mexico is determined by NOAA & presidential task force on illegal unreported unregistered pirate fishing (IUU) to be an at-risk species

WASHINGTON— The Pressidential task force on IUU,  announced on Augsut 3rd that dorado from Mexico is now an IUU at risk species. As a result illegal fishing operations in Mexico should no longer be allowed to export dorado into the United States of America and it’s extremely lucrative sea food market.

WorldsAquarium (WA) played a crucial role in this decicion. Over the last 15 years (WA) has been actively advocating that the exportation of Dorado/Dolphinfish or Mahi Mahi, a protected species from commerical fishing in Mexico, no longer be allowed to be imported from Mexico.Screen shot 2015-08-19 at 12.01.33 PM

Article 68 of the general law of Mexican Fisheries states that Dorado and other species including Marlin, Swordfish, Sailfish and Roosterfish have been protected speices in Mexico since the mid 1980’s. Yet as other species of legal commerical fishing stocks have been depleted Mexican fisherman have continully moved to exploit species that have been reserved for the tourism and sport fishing industry.

15 TurtleThe above graph shows that in 2013 over 7000 tons of dorado were shipped the United States. Populations for Dorado have crashed within the Sea of Cortes. Even though Dorado has been a protected species Mexico’s department of fishing, CONAPESCA has repeatedly refused to enforce the law governing Dorado. This illegal long line fishery has one of the highest mortality rates for marine turtles in Mexico. WorldsAquairum applauds the presidential task force on IUU for a ground breaking decision. To no longer allow species illegally captured from Mexico to enter the United States.

Dorado on long line San Carlos Mexico, photo courtesy Vince Radice

WorldsAquarium will now continue to work with NOAA to see that this new IUU policy is enacted and once and for all end the illegal long line dorado fishery that has killed hundreds of thousands of turtles over the last three decades and led to rampant lawlessness in the Sea of Cortes.

WorldsAquarium is a 501 C 3  nonprofit conservation organization with more than 20 years of experience in the Sea of Cortes and is dedicated to the rule of law, protection of marine mammals, fish stocks and wild marine habitats.



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8 Responses to IUU Presidental Task Force rules Dorado from Mexico may be illegal to import into U.S.A.

    • Thanks for that, lots more to do though since IUU is really just a piece of paper, we need to translate this into action in the field! I hope the Cabo sport fisherman will get behind this and start seriously pressuring CONAPESCA and FONMAR to do their jobs and work, no more status quo. I would really like to see the community down there work on getting sport fishing species off the menu at the restaurants. I also here there are several boats that are actually targeting marlin in a completely commercial manner to send to the smoke house, that kind of activity has got to be exposed and put an end to.

      Saludos, Vince

  1. Congratulations Vince on all your countless hours and dogged pursuit trying to shedding light on this issue. Don’t give up the fight.

  2. Today’s news is the best news after all your battles… excellent.
    One thing you might want to change on the webpage is that when it is “shared” it appears on Facebook with the chart. Maybe that was you goal but I think “Worlds Aquarium” logo will catch more attention. Great work.

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