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Sat Mar 30, 2019, 02:06 PM

Mexican Navy: One Injured in Clash Near Vaquita Reserve

Source: NBC Los Angeles

Fishermen in the community of San Felipe set illegal nets to catch Totoaba fish, whose swim bladder is considered a delicacy in China. The nets also drown vaquitas, a small porpoise that lives only in the Gulf — also known as the Sea of Cortes — of which perhaps as few as 10 remain.

The only force effectively protecting the vaquita are two boats operated by the environmentalist organization Sea Shepherd, which go out daily to haul in illegal nets.

Because the nets coast about $3,000 apiece, in recent months the fishermen have launched increasingly violent attacks on the larger Sea Shepherd vessels, to try to run them off or take back seized nets.
Because Mexico's Navy has tried to avoid confrontations, the fishermen have become increasingly bold.

That set the stage for Thursday's clash, which basically started as a chase when an illegal fishing boat tried to grab its nets back from the Sea Shepherd vessel "Sharpie."


Mexico's president said Friday he regrets a confrontation between fishermen and marines trying to prevent the illegal fishing that has driven the vaquita porpoise to the brink of extinction.
The Mexican Navy said at least one fisherman was shot when a marine's rifle accidentally discharged, and fishermen say two more people were slightly wounded in subsequent protests on Thursday.

Read more: https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/One-Injured-Near-Vaquita-Reserve-Mexico-507876141.html



For those who may not have a background on this issue, a few points:

1. The Vaquita is a unique, shy, beautiful porpoise who is a one of a kind. This isn't losing a regional population of a species with a broader range, vaquitas are only found in the Gulf of California. They are so shy, they were only seen by scientists in the 1970's and few pictures exist that are not of dead vaquitas (so I'm including a post of a painting).

2. The best thing for the vaquita and the fisherfolk would be a NO GO reserve. Research has shown that marine reserves IMPROVE fishing in the surrounding waters.

3. Species with historically low populations DO NOT have the inbreeding problems that result in other species that experience genetic bottlenecks. The current hypothesis is that all deleterious genes have been eliminated.

4. EXTINCTION IS FOREVER!!

5. Sea Shepherd needs your help.

6. This is NOT a historic fishery, as fishermen came to the area primarily to fish for the totoaba to send to the Chinese. In the past the fish were left to rot while the bladders were shipped.

7. Fishing gear that is safe for the vaquita does exist and sustainable catch should be supported so the fisherfolks can make a living. The government of Mexico has held back from permitting the new gear (reasons unknown).

8. Watch for the Mark Trail Comic for Sunday April 7, 2019 as it will feature the vaquita.


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oldsoftie Mar 2019 #4
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Response to rwsanders (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2019, 02:19 PM

1. K and R...

great, informative post.

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Response to rwsanders (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2019, 02:33 PM

2. Thx for your work on this RW ...

Do you know if we can buy SS gear here in the US? Their site seems to have only UK pricing (pounds), so ... be stoked to buy some gear and represent.

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #2)

Sat Mar 30, 2019, 02:40 PM

3. I get mine here

I have a hooded sweatshirt and I've found that it is a great conversation starter and it appears to be very non-threatening.

Also, I'm contributing monthly and I get a 20% discount.

https://shop.seashepherd.org/

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Response to rwsanders (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2019, 03:04 PM

4. Once again the Chinese want to eat something that can only be obtained by destroying others.

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Response to oldsoftie (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 30, 2019, 04:45 PM

6. Change "the Chinese" to

 

“Those who consume animal products”

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Response to Conjurer (Reply #6)

Sat Mar 30, 2019, 04:48 PM

7. You can consume animal products without sending other animals to extinction.

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Response to rwsanders (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2019, 03:55 PM

5. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread rwsanders.

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Response to rwsanders (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2019, 05:01 PM

8. K&R

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Response to rwsanders (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2019, 05:50 PM

9. F* the fishermen

What they are doing is not sustainable and actually detrimental to them in the long run. Not sure why the Mexican gov't is not approving or mandating the dolphin save netting.

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Sat Mar 30, 2019, 06:07 PM

10. Mexican Navy: 1 injured in clash near vaquita reserve


By Mark Stevenson | AP March 29 at 5:48 PM

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s president said Friday he regrets a confrontation between fishermen and marines trying to prevent the illegal fishing that has driven the vaquita porpoise to the brink of extinction.

The Mexican Navy said at least one fisherman was shot when a marine’s rifle accidentally discharged, and fishermen say two more people were slightly wounded in subsequent protests on Thursday.

It was the highest casualty toll yet in a long-running confrontation between environmentalists and fishermen angry over lapsed government support payments that were meant to compensate them for income they lost because of a total ban on gill nets.

“Yesterday there was unfortunately a confrontation, I very much regret it,” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said, adding that he has been discussing the situation in the Gulf of California for several days with top officials.

Fishermen in the community of San Felipe set illegal nets to catch Totoaba fish, whose swim bladder is considered a delicacy in China. The nets also drown vaquitas, a small porpoise that lives only in the Gulf — also known as the Sea of Cortes — of which perhaps as few as 10 remain.

More:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/mexican-navy-1-injured-in-clash-near-vaquita-reserve/2019/03/29/5c48401c-526c-11e9-bdb7-44f948cc0605_story.html

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Response to rwsanders (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2019, 10:03 PM

11. Fucking Asia--especially China. They need a complete change of attitude. Shark finning, rhino

horns, ivory, Yulin, panda pelts hanging on a wall as a status symbol, etc. etc. etc. ad nauseum. It's a goddamned holocaust.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #11)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 05:13 PM

12. Japan just decided to resume commercial whaling

A book I'm reading on the gray whale didn't come right out and say it, but apparently the larger whales don't taste so good and not much nutrition in the blubber (sadly the same can't be said of the smaller arctic whales such as the beluga and narwhal, which is why the traditional societies still hunt them), so the appeal simply seems to be killing something big to be able to boast.

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