Fishing Nets Removed From The Gulf of California That Harm The Vaquita Marina And Other Sea Life

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The grid of 10 inches of mesh light and one thousand 100 meters of extension was located in front of Punta Bufeo beach, in Ensenada; was withdrawn by Semar and Profepa.

MEXICO CITY

The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection ( Profepa ) and the Secretariat of the Navy withdrew from the Gulf of California a network of more than a thousand meters in length, which represents one of the main risks for the vaquita, and used to fish totoaba.

The environmental authority reported that it is a 10-inch grid of mesh light and one thousand 100 meters of extension that was located in front of Punta Bufeo beach, in Ensenada, Baja California and once recovered it was transferred for destruction to the Naval Sector of San Felipe.

Although the agency indicated that the fishing instrument was located outside the boundaries of the Upper Gulf of California Biosphere Reserve, it recalled that its use is prohibited, according to the Agreement of June 30, 2017.

This prohibits gear, systems, methods, techniques and schedules for carrying out fishing activities with smaller vessels in marine waters of the federal jurisdiction of the United Mexican States in the Northern Gulf of California.

These types of nets with more than six inches of gill light are considered prohibited, since it is likely that some marine mammals such as the sea cow are trapped in it.

In addition, with its assurance it was prevented that dozens of totoaba specimens had been trapped in this large mesh.

The illegal capture of totoaba is also one of the main risks for the vaquita marina, endemic species of the Gulf of California, which is a priority in terms of protection for the Mexican government.

These activities of Profepa are given within the Action Plan to strengthen the application of the law in the protection of marine species mentioned above, said the prosecutor’s office.

Fishing Nets Removed From The Gulf of California That Harm The Vaquita Marina And Other Sea Life

The environmental authority informed that it is a 10-inch grid of mesh light and one thousand 100 meters of extension that was located in front of Punta Bufeo beach

 

Source: Excelsior