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The Department of State announced Oct. 21 that it is again allowing imports of wild-caught shrimp into the U.S. from Mexico.

Section 609 of Public Law 101-162 prohibits imports of shrimp and shrimp products harvested in ways that may adversely affect sea turtle species. In May 2021 State suspended its certification that Mexico met the requirements of this section after determining that Mexico’s sea turtle protection program was no longer comparable to that of the U.S. As a result, U.S. imports of wild-caught shrimp from Mexico were no longer allowed and only shrimp harvested from aquaculture could be imported from Mexico.

However, State has now reversed that determination and recertified Mexico under Section 609. State notes that it is also providing technology and capacity-building assistance to other nations to help them receive certification under Section 609 as well. 

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