UPDATE: Pacific Bluefin Tuna Fishing May Resume in Mexico

The Sportfishing Association of California announces that Mexico has lifted its ban on catching Pacific bluefin tuna.

Mexico Lifts Ban on Pacific Bluefin Tuna Fishing

Mexico Bluefin Tuna

Mexico says it is now OK for anglers to catch bluefin tuna off its Pacific coast, according to the Sportfishing Association of California, which represents the San Diego passenger sport-fishing fleet.Grant Hendricks

The Sportfishing Association of California (SAC) has announced that it received verbal notice from the Mexican fisheries department, CONAPESCA, that recreational fishing for Pacific bluefin tuna can resume in Mexcian waters immediately.

A SAC news release states that the written notification from the Mexican government should be available early this week. "We appreciate CONAPESCA and their leadership for working hard to promote recreational fishing in Mexico," the SAC release stated.

This announcement is great news, particularly in the wake of an abrupt ban on Pacific bluefin tuna fishing by Mexico on July 15 -- a regulation that created confusion when first announced, as the Southern California recreational fishing community grappled with questions as to whether this applied just to commercial fishing or all fishing. SAC confirmed the following day that it did apply to both.

Fortunately, bluefin tuna rapidly made their way into U.S. waters, giving anglers a great shot at these fish without venturing below the border. Massive schools of yellowfin tuna have also invaded U.S. waters since the beginning of July, giving anglers even more opportunities to catch their fair share of tuna this summer.