Illegal Fishing

San Felipe, Baja, Mexico

Labor Day Weekend
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The sixth session of the State Board of Inspection and Monitoring has reported that so far this year, authorities have recovered more than 10,600 pieces of illegal fishering products, representing more than 205 tons. In addition to illegal fisheries products, over 25 people have been turned over to the Federal Public Ministry as a result of land patrols, inspections and the presence of checkpoints.

With more equipment, training and coordination, state and federal agencies have made major interventions against illegal fishing and the transport and marketing of marine products of illegal origin as they pursue a cooperative interest in the protection of sustainable species. The program follows the edicts of the state administration headed by governor Francisco Vega de Lamadrid.

The head of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SEPESCA), Matias Arjona Rydalch, and the director of the Directorate General of Inspection and Monitoring of the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA), Alejandro Zapata Lozano, led the sixth session of the State Council of Inspection and Monitoring.

During the meeting, officials from federal, state and municipal agencies participated, along with representatives of organizations and companies in the fisheries and aquaculture sector. Thy indicated that between June and August there was an increase in the detections of poaching, -mainly abalone, lobster, shrimp, geoduck, sea urchin, cucumber, totoaba and loggerhead.