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Mexican government expects U.S. to compensate for tuna embargo

Staff writer ▼ | November 17, 2015
On November 20 the World Trade Organization (WTO) will issue a second ruling on the restrictions on Mexican yellowfin tuna exports imposed by the United States, a move that has caused huge losses to Mexico's tuna industry.
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The Mexican government hopes that the decision will be favourable to the country and that it makes it possible to set appropriate mechanisms for US to compensate for the losses experienced after more than 20 years of trade barriers.

Mario Aguilar Sánchez, head of the National Fisheries Commission (CONAPESCA), explained that while the latest ruling of the WTO on the trade dispute between the two countries for tuna was favourable to Mexico, the US has not made changes to its legislation as it had been ordered by the international trade tribunal. In addition, he recalled that as the neighbouring country appealed the decision, the process has continued, and is now in the final phase.

During a visit to Ensenada, Baja California, to participate in the Forum for Sustainable Fisheries Management, Aguilar Sanchez explained that the legal and technical terms for claiming compensation are very complex and the amount required for such damages by Mexico has not yet been calculated, El Vigí reported.

The losses experienced by the Mexican industry are a result of the impact caused by the tuna embargo and the effects from Dolphin Safe labelling as well as the campaigns against the Mexican fleet promoted by several American groups.

CONAPESCA head clarified that if the ruling is favourable, the compensation would be paid from one government to another one, and it would not be implemented to benefit tuna fishing owners or directly the fishing sector.