Fishing should be considered a national security activity

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The main problem with fishing is that it is not recognized as a national security activity, that it must be supported to guarantee food sovereignty, and that it requires a support policy, with order, respect and research that leads to the use of new species and new fishing areas. This was stated by Humberto Becerra Batista, Vice President of the Latin American Alliance for Sustainable Fishing, member of the Collective of Organizations and Entrepreneurs (CORE33), during the fortnightly meeting of this body, whose current president It is José Valenzuela García. He is also former president of the National Chamber of the Fishing and Aquaculture Industry, pointed out that a sustained demand from the entire sector is the fuel subsidy, since lacking it makes them compete with other countries in unfavorable conditions. to this, he pointed out, in recent years 40 percent of the fishing fleet has not gone fishing. He also called for strengthening inspection and surveillance work, since when closed seasons are not respected, fishermen leave with a lot of uncertainty and have low levels of catches. Likewise, he demanded greater regulation of imports of fishery products, which reach the market national with low prices despite their low quality. As an example of this, he cited the fish fillets of Chinese origin that are offered by large self-service stores, of which he recognized that although they are low in price, it is also true that their content is a 50 percent water. The issue here, he observed, is that this problem has a greater impact on the population with the lowest resources, who buy these products cheaply, without realizing that they actually pay a higher price since half of that product it is water. Regarding research, he pointed out that this will allow the exploitation of new fishing areas in deep waters, and he specified that there is a blue deposit where there are unexploited species. In this sense, he stated that the dialogue with the federal authorities will continue, in particular with the Federal Commission for the Protection of Sanitary Risks (Cofepris), the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Commission and the Ministry of Economy. Fortunately, he acknowledged, there is an open dialogue with the President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, of whom he highlighted the support provided in the negotiations of the free trade agreement with Ecuador, in which, at the request of the national fishing sector, the importation of shrimp from that country was prohibited, due to having a high subsidy in energy and therefore it becomes unfair competition.

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