Mexico launched a preventative campaign on conserving the vaquita and preventing illegal fishing of the totoaba last week. Despite this country’s efforts on the issue, Biden still considers it “insufficient.” In a letter addressed to the United States Congress, which he asked to pay attention to the matter, he said that the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador has to “do more” to protect the species.
In his letter, the president announced that he will give a year for the Mexican government to take the necessary measures and that he has instructed his executive to present a report in July 2024, after which “possible restrictions” will be evaluated. commercial”.
It should be remembered that this is not the first recrimination of this type from Washington against its southern neighbor in recent months, since in February, the US considered that Mexico was violating the environmental chapter of the trade agreement between these two countries and Canada (T-MEC ).
Biden also explained that he has ordered relevant executive departments and agencies to convene a high-level dialogue with Mexico to discuss the issue, and instructed his government to support the neighboring country in this fight.