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Fishing in Zihua is being threatened...

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Fishing in Zihua is being threatened...

Any more news on the strategies of FONATUR to evict the fishing fleet?

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1. Re: Fishing in Zihua is being threatened...

Actually things took a turn for the better a week or so back.

Conapesca must have put a bug in the Navy's ear. They have been sweeping the local coast clear of long-liners.

Read more here: http://fishreportsixtapa.blogspot.com/

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2. Re: Fishing in Zihua is being threatened...

Excellent news. The fishery is back, I hear.

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3. Re: Fishing in Zihua is being threatened...

We saw a bunch of long liners near Manzanillo....one had a sea turtle caught....so sad. Glad to hear they are shutting them down around Zihua.

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4. Re: Fishing in Zihua is being threatened...

Actually long liners and Fonatur's evictions are two separate things.

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5. Re: Fishing in Zihua is being threatened...

Please elaborate Judy.

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6. Re: Fishing in Zihua is being threatened...

What do you mean by " long liners"?

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7. Re: Fishing in Zihua is being threatened...

lmanze,

Pangas equipped to put out 2, 3, 4, or 5 miles of heavy mono with baited hooks on drop lines every few feet, catching everything in their path including turtles bill-fish dorado, tuna, whatever swims.

Whales get wrapped up in it, seabirds get wrapped up in it, turtles get wrapped up in it, and when you get 25 Pangas putting out miles of line and hooks every evening it swiftly decimates fisheries.

Most that I have seen in the area are floated with twenty Oz clear pop bottles every few feet so that they are no obvious until you come upon them.

Keith

Edited: 10:12 am, October 24, 2012
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8. Re: Fishing in Zihua is being threatened...

mizsic...

This post from "another" board should explain your questions.

The previous mayor, Alejandro Bravo (Rob's wife Lupita's nephew) sold the Zihuatanejo pier and the rights to the use of the Bay to Fonatur for reportedly millions of US dollars. (Fonatur is the government agency for tourism in Mexico who developed Ixtapa, Cancun, and others) And, Fonatur has begun a campaign to evict the fishing community, both commercial and sport fishing from the bay by imposing fees and taxes that are so high that the local fishermen cannot afford to pay. Fonatur wants to build the cruise ship pier and needs to get the locals out of the way to accomplish this.

They want the boats to pay 1,000 pesos a month for anchoring in the bay. They also want a per client fee for each tourist that embarks from the pier. And quite a few more things like moving the beach pangas further on down the beach near the canal. The coopertivas are banding together, have an old gal as treasurer, and are going to fight it. Happened this last Friday.

The local fishing and fishing tourism community, through the various cooperatives, are fighting this effort via meetings with Mexican Federal officials and trying to generate public awareness through local radio programs. This, of course, costs money which is in very short supply here. If you like Zihuatanejo the way it is, please consider supporting the effort.

They(the coopertivas)had a meeting Sunday to fight it."

So once again the scenic, tranquil vistas of boats in the bay, the beach fish market and various businesses along Paseo de Pescador are in a possibility of demise.

And......

Long line fishing update: The long line situation has been reduced dramatically. Very few sport fishing boats have even seen a long line these last few weeks. However there are a couple of pangas still claiming they will continue fishing illegally, with threats of serious retaliation if they are stopped. It is my understanding the government is putting together a solid case against the renegades, and by the 1st of November, it will be a mute subject.

Let us support the local effort and wish the best for the fishermen, shops, restaurants in stopping this idiotic endeavor.

Edited: 10:22 pm, October 25, 2012
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9. Re: Fishing in Zihua is being threatened...

This is all very interesting....one of my clients was in Cancun on the golf course and ran into Alejandro Bravo on the course...they knew each other from being in Ixtapa...Alejandro said that he was building a big hotel in Cancun...and invited him to come sometime and enjoy it!!

Gee...I guess now we know how he got all that money!!!

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10. Re: Fishing in Zihua is being threatened...

Thank you, Gary, for the detailed explantion. I was aware of some of it.

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