Sea Watch News Alert: Sea of Cortez Longlining Legislation
Posted 28 May 2007 - 08:27 PM
Photo: Sea Watch
NOM-029-PESCA-2006 Took Effect May 16. This new regulation was promoted as a way to protect Shark and Ray populations from overfishing. Instead, it permits thousands of longline fishing boats inside parts of the Sea of Cortez that are now supposed to be protected from commercial take.
Press Release on NOM-029
Folks, the Sea of Cortez has taken a beating in the last 20 years. In the last 10 years the problem has escalated. The waters now are laced with millions of longline hooks and hundreds of miles of gill nets every single day. Even the "sactuaries" are given little reprieve. This latest legislation puts the nail in the coffin.
This slide show is a must see if you want to learn more: Slide Show
If you care to see any mantas, sharks, dolphins or whales in the near future in the Sea or Cortez or off Socorro, please don't hesitate to take action now: Contact Mexican Government
Thanks everyone for taking the time to make a difference!
Posted 29 May 2007 - 09:22 PM
Posted 30 May 2007 - 03:46 PM
I agree we can't affort to give up. There is a depressing inevitability about so much of this stuff, but even if our grandchildren can see some of the wonders of the planet it will be worth our efforts. Right now I fear for my own kids (and they're in their twenties ...)
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Posted 31 May 2007 - 08:02 AM
sorry to ask to be mailed this but i've got very very limited access to the internet at the moment so any help would be most appreciated.
Posted 02 June 2007 - 06:12 AM
if you haven't already done so please visit them:
I also added this paragraph at the end of the message:
"It will become increasingly difficult for me to continue spending my tourist dollars in Mexico knowing that this regulation allows such fishing practices."
Posted 02 June 2007 - 07:45 PM