(Washington, D.C. – February 11, 2022) – The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it is requesting Environment Consultations with the Government of Mexico under the Environment Chapter of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA). The consultation was initiated due to concerns that Mexico may not be meeting their environment commitments as agreed under the USMCA relating to the protection of the critically endangered vaquita porpoise, the prevention of illegal fishing, and trafficking of totoaba fish.
Azzedine Downes, President & CEO of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, issued the following statement:
“Today’s announcement by the USTR—initiating the first environment consultation under the USMCA—is an important sign that the US is committed to ensuring successful implementation of the environment chapter. Engaging in open and honest dialogue with trading partners and enforcing the mutual commitments made by countries is a critical tool through which to advance global environment goals and conserve imperiled species.
Vaquita occupy a very small range in the northern Gulf of Mexico which makes them particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and other human disturbances. Every individual vaquita is critical to the survival of the species and we applaud the USTR for working with Mexico to find solutions and ensure enforcement across its fisheries.”
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