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2017-04-19 16:30:00 copyfrom： hits:
Vaquita porpoise. (Photo: WWF)
Thursday, April 13, 2017, 00:40 (GMT + 9)
The Mexican government issued an agreement extending the temporary commercial fishing ban using gillnets, shorelines and/or longlines, operated with smaller-scale vessels in the northern Gulf of California.
The ban, which has been in force since April 10 2015, has been extended from April 11 to May 31, 2017.
The agreement was published on Tuesday by the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF), with the primary purpose of launching actions aimed at the protection of varied species that inhabit the national waters of the high Gulf of California and the Colorado River estuary, mainly the vaquita porpoise (Phocoena sinus).
It must be recalled that on April 16, 2015 in San Felipe, Baja California, the President of the Republic, Enrique Peña Nieto, announced the comprehensive strategy to preserve the marine ecosystem of the high Gulf of California through fundamental actions.
These measures were to expand the area of protection and economic compensation for fishermen who carry out the productive activity in this protected natural area as well as measures for the conservation and recovery of the vaquita porpoise that were established two years ago.
Although the vaquita porpoise is the most critically affected animal by illegal fishing nets, the survival of many other important species is also at risk because of the same gillnets. In addition to the goal of saving the vaquita porpoise, the situation must be controlled to protect turtles, sharks, dolphins and many other marine creatures.
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