Mexico and Japan intend to strengthen collaboration ties between both countries. (Photo:FIS Stock)
Advances to consolidate aquaculture and fisheries cooperation strategy with Japan
Thursday, May 23, 2013, 02:50 (GMT + 9)
The governments of Japan and Mexico held the Binational First Meeting attended by Fisheries Authorities in order to lay the foundation for the consolidation of a comprehensive fisheries and aquaculture cooperation strategy.
The Japanese delegation was received by the head of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Sagarpa) of Mexico, Enrique Martinez y Martinez, who noted the Mexican government’s interest in reaffirming collaborative fisheries-aquaculture links with Japan, among other productive areas.
The delegations were led by the Deputy Director General of the Fisheries Agency of Japan and President of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), Masanori Miyahara; and the head of the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (Conapesca) of Mexico, Mario Aguilar Sanchez.
Besides, Sagarpa International Affairs coordinator, Raul Urteaga Trani participated.
Mexican and Japanese officials stressed that fisheries and aquaculture issues are priorities for both nations, "particularly given the potential these sectors have to contribute to the nutritional strategies and to the development of their respective countries," Sagarpa reported.
Both Mexico and Japan are working to strengthen fisheries and aquaculture sectors, and cooperating in international forums, including the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) and the ICCAT.
During the meeting they discussed issues of mutual interest and the significant importance concerning perspectives on future actions in the framework of the major regional fisheries organizations.
The aim is to ensure the conservation and long-term sustainable use of tuna stocks, among others, by conducting scientific research on the abundance, measure implementation and recommendations for fisheries management and the promotion of science-based criteria for the adequate allocation of allowable catch levels.
At the meeting held at Sagarpa headquarters attendees discussed possible cooperation in scientific research on the sustainability of marine species, bilateral trade and other cooperation fields, particularly as to aquaculture and promotion of seafood consumption.
At the bilateral meeting, fisheries officials agreed to:
- Quickly start a cooperation strategy through the exchange of information on tools and strategies to further boost the consumption of fishery products;
- Pave the way for cooperation in aquaculture;
- Start working with a view to systematizing the exchange of statistical information, including business information;
- Identify areas for cooperation in scientific research on marine species of common interest.
By Analia Murias