U.S. Asks Mexico to Hold Talks on Marine Environment Obligations

U.S. Asks Mexico to Hold Talks on Marine Environment Obligations

Mexico's environmental obligations to protect marine life under their trade agreement have caused the U.S. to request consultations.

The government of Mexico has adopted environmental laws to prevent illegal fishing in the upper Gulf of California, trafficking in protected species like the totoaba, and protecting and conserving the vaquita porpoise. 

Evidence, however, suggests that the country may be failing to meet its obligations under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement, which took effect in 2020, the U.S. ambassador said.

Mexico has 30 days to respond to U.S. requests and schedule consultations and 75 days to reach an agreement before the U.S. can request a formal panel to hear arguments. Although the process is intended to obtain Mexico's agreement to actions, officials of the administration believe that the conflict could ultimately lead to the imposition of punitive tariffs.

World Wildlife Fund says there are only about 10 vaquitas left in the wild, making it the world's rarest marine mammal.

Joe Biden has made environmental protection and fighting climate changes a hallmark of his presidency. 

He pledged to reduce global warming emissions, boost renewable energy deployment, and leverage the government's buying power to drive clean energy on the campaign trail. 

Biden rejected the Keystone XL oil pipeline during his first week in the office and rejoined the Paris Accord.