Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

9/23/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Disreputable fishermen straining local ecology

While Mexico continues its largely unsuccessful war on drugs, the issue of illegal fishing there has been put on the back burner. An estimated 30 to 50 percent of the fish caught here are illegally obtained, Fishermen catch fish out of season, and use banned techniques and methods, fish over quota and man boats without a license. Mexican authorities have thrown up their hands in regards to fish poaching which has affected fisheries, the environment and incomes.

Mexico is lush with extensive areas of continental shelf in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Ocean, as well as nearly 20,000 square kilometers of coastal lagoons, estuaries, lakes, reservoirs and rivers, all of them rich in fish stocks.

Mexico is lush with extensive areas of continental shelf in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Ocean, as well as nearly 20,000 square kilometers of coastal lagoons, estuaries, lakes, reservoirs and rivers, all of them rich in fish stocks.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

9/23/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Americas

Keywords: Mexico, fisheries, illegal fishing, bans of species, permits, hatcheries


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "It's a sector that is difficult to regulate," Rodrigo Gallegos, head of the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness says. The institute is about to publish a report on productivity, regulations and the environmental impact of fishing. "In practice, there is free access, and it is difficult to control the illegal flow of trade."

Mexico has become one of the main hubs of drug trafficking in Latin America and the world, and where 90 percent of crimes go unsolved.

According to the National Commission for Fishing and Aquaculture, illegal fishing has resulted in more than 1.64 million tons of fish, worth $1.28 billion dollars, more than 800 million of which were exported.

Mexico is lush with extensive areas of continental shelf in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Ocean, as well as nearly 20,000 square kilometers of coastal lagoons, estuaries, lakes, reservoirs and rivers, all of them rich in fish stocks.

Many species are over-exploited due to unregulated fishing. Stocks of shrimp, sardines and tuna have been drastically over-fished, according to the 2012 National Fishing Charter.

Global environmental group Greenpeace put red snapper, shrimp, grouper, tuna, sardines, sharks and rays on its Red List of most endangered species in Mexico in 2010.

"The situation is conflict-ridden; there are many people interested in a scarce resource, and the policies governing access to them are unclear," Juan Aceves, of the marine conversation program run by the Niparaj√° Natural History Society says. The program promotes protection of biodiversity in the Baja California peninsula in northwest Mexico.

The laws are not enforced "and there is not a strong culture of respecting laws and regulations in the fishing industry," he says.

The institute recommends producing reliable data, modifying the subsidy for boat fuel, and reforming the fishing law to strengthen environmental practices.

Mexico's contribution to the global fish market is highly significant. The Pacific coast accounts for 80 percent of fishing production, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean represent 18 percent, and rivers and lakes represent the remaining two percent.

In order to combat this ongoing problem, bans have been placed on species like shrimp, octopus and shark, in addition to the replacement of boats and the cancellation of permits.

But the impact of these actions is not significant. More than 1,000 fishing permits were issued for shrimp and shark last year, and only 46 were cancelled.

A report published two years ago by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization has called for clear fishing regulations.

In summation, according to those in the fishing industry, the chief issues today include: too many boats, the capture of immature specimens, bans that are not enforced and a lack of alternative employment opportunities in coastal communities.

A version of this story was first published by Inter Press Service news agency.

.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.



Comments


More Americas

Teenage girl brutally gang-raped and blinded during terrifying pastor-led exorcism in Argentina Watch

Image of A teenager was gang-raped and had her eyed gouged in a horrific exorcism ritual.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A 16-year-old girl, who began seeing visions of a goat and thought that her family was demonic, suffered from a horrific exorcism ritual led by a Pastor in Argentina. MUNTINLUPA CITY, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - The teenager was brutally raped and had her eyes ... continue reading


'SLIME OF THE DEVIL:' Argentinean villages engulfed with spider webs Watch

Image of Local residents say that the phenomenon has never really been this bad. The last time there had been something similar had been in the 1980s, when there was an invasion of other insects, but at a different time of year.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An Argentinean town has been inundated by spiders, which have spun prestigious webs. The webs have covered many areas, including bodies of water. The locals here call the webs "baba del diablo," or the "slime of the devil." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Gay 'rights' are 'false rights,' Mexican cardinal asserts to transsexual advocate Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Diana Sanchez, a well-known transsexual and political figure in Mexico City's leftist party PRD, wrote a letter to Mexico's Primate, Cardinal Norberto Rivera insisting he and other cardinals "obey" the Pope in "abstaining from discriminating and judging homosexuals." ... continue reading


Here's your chance to join Pope Francis on a pilgrimage to Philadelphia

Image of Join the World Meeting of Families Virtual Pilgrimage. Grow with us in faith and receive prayers as we approach this historic event together.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Do you wish you could join Pope Francis in Philadelphia? Every available berth may be taken, but there is good news, you can still join him on a pilgrimage of your own! Pope Francis will be in Philadelphia on September 26-27 for the World Meeting of Families. An ... continue reading


Chilean women reject abortion as solution to sexual violence Watch

Image of Chilean women decry violations from sexual violence to workplace discrimination in a new video. However, they also reject abortion as a solution to these problems.

By CNA/EWTN News

Women in a new video released in Chile said that mothers facing difficult pregnancies need compassion and care from society, not abortion. Santiago, Chile (CNA) - "I became pregnant after I was sexually assaulted by a stranger, and it was a traumatic experience," ... continue reading


Women, children freed from slavery in Peruvian coca operation Watch

Image of Peruvian Special Forces rescued 26 children and 13 women, some of whom had been raped and held captive for three decades, when they raided a southeastern jungle camp of the left-wing Shining Path rebel group.

By Anastasia Moloney, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Peruvian Special Forces rescued 26 children and 13 women, some of whom had been raped and held captive for three decades, when they raided a southeastern jungle camp of the left-wing Shining Path rebel group. BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - "Many of these ... continue reading


U.S. and Cuba reopen embassies in groundbreaking move to normalize relations Watch

Image of Official relations between the two countries were severed back in 1961, a diplomatic gulf widened by an embargo on travel and trade.

By Matt Hadro, CNA/EWTN News

The U.S. and Cuba formally re-established diplomatic ties for the first time since 1961 on Monday; a groundbreaking development advocated by Catholic bishops from both countries and set in motion by Pope Francis. Washington D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) - "It's an ... continue reading


CORRUPTION RAMPANT: Few surprised with prison escape of Mexico's 'El Chapo' Watch

Image of Most were dismayed - but many were not surprised with the escape of Mexican drug cartel kingpin Joaquin

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Most were dismayed - but many were not surprised with the escape of Mexican drug cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman from maximum-security prison last week. Mexico is notorious for having one of the most corrupt governments in the world.  LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


How did he do it? Surveillance video released with inside look at El Chapo's elaborate escape plan Watch

Image of Joaquin

By Hannah Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

For the second time in 14 years, the most powerful drug trafficker in Mexico and FBI's Public Enemy No. 1 has escaped prison using a tunnel. After Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was confirmed to have escaped from the country's most secured prison, the largest manhunt in ... continue reading


Did Pope Francis chew coca leaves during his visit in Bolivia? Watch

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

During Pope Francis' recent visit in South America, there were claims he requested to chew some coca leaves to help him cope with the high altitude. Bolivian authorities stated earlier that the Pope made the request during his stay in La Paz, but the Pontiff clarified ... continue reading


All Americas News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jeremiah 1:17-19
17 'As for you, prepare yourself for action. Stand up ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15, 17
1 In you, Yahweh, I take refuge, I shall never be put ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 29th, 2015 Image

St. Sabina
August 29: St. Sabina's feast day is August 29th. We know St. Sabina only ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter