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The State of Baja California is the northernmost and westernmost of the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico.

Lobster ban period set in western coast of the Baja California peninsula

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Friday, May 17, 2019, 20:50 (GMT + 9)

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) has published the Agreement that modifies the ban on blue lobster (Panulirus inflatus), green (Panulirus gracilis) and red (Panulirus interruptus) lobsters off the western coast of the Baja California peninsula.
 
The lobster fishery is mainly carried out in the states of Baja California and Baja California Sur. Both entities contribute 68 per cent of the national production of this fishery, which is one of the most socioeconomic importance for this region.
 
The adjustments in the closure period were made based on the technical opinion issued by the National Institute of Aquaculture and Fisheries (INAPESCA), after conducting biological-fishery surveys of resources.
 
INAPESCA determined that it is feasible to modify the temporary closure for these species in Zone III, from "Boca de la Soledad" to Cape San Lucas, on the west coast of Baja California Sur, including a range between zero and one hundred fathoms deep within the Gulf of California. The fishing period will be extended for 15 days, from May 16 to 31, and the closure will take effect on June 1, to conclude on November 15, 2019.
 
 
The seasons and closed areas are as follows:
 
I.- From February 16 to September 15 of each year, in the waters of federal jurisdiction of the Pacific Ocean comprised from the international border with the United States, to an imaginary line drawn between the point located on the north shore of the stream "El Tordillo", at 27° 20' 00'' North latitude and 114° 29' 00'' West longitude, passing through the base of nine fathoms, located at a distance of approximately 28 miles west of the stream "El Tordillo", which is at 27° 18' 00'' North latitude and 114° 56' 30'' West longitude. This line extends from that point with a western direction to the limits of the exclusive economic zone, including all the lobster fishing grounds located in this region.
 
II.- From March 1 to September 30 of each year in the waters of federal jurisdiction of the Pacific Ocean, included from the imaginary line indicated in the previous section, to an imaginary line drawn westward to the limits of the Area Exclusive Economic from the point known as Boca de la Soledad, located at 25° 16' 30'' North latitude and 112° 08' 30'' West longitude.
 
III.- From June 1 to November 15 for the year 2019, and from May 16 to November 15 for the subsequent years, in the waters of federal jurisdiction of the Pacific Ocean, included from Boca de la Soledad to the point known as Cape San Lucas, on the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, including a strip comprised between zero and one hundred fathoms deep within the Gulf of California, all along the eastern coast of the Baja California peninsula.
 


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