Globally, thousands of turtles die each year entangled in huge dragnets used by shrimp boats. Here in Mexico, the Fisheries Institute is taking an important step to prevent such fatalities by implementing new technology that excludes turtles, fish and species such as sea horses from shrimp nets.
In July, Fisheries Institute experts will begin training more than 7,000 fishermen throughout the country. Several key areas in the Gulf of Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula have been identified in which shrimping is an important activity and sea turtles are often spotted. They will be concentrating their efforts on Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo, including Isla Mujeres and Puerto Morelos.