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There are two major problem areas that are causing the continued fisheries destruction in the Sea of Cortez.
The first concerns PELAGIC FISH and the indiscriminate use of longlines and drift gill nets. By law, sports fish, such as billfish and dorado are protected within 50 miles of the coastline, yet a new regulation (Shark Norma 029) has allowed these two destructive and indiscriminate fishing methods to move into the Sea of Cortez and to within 15 miles of the coastline. Longlines and drift gillnets now actually target these protected sports fish.
The second destructive fishery targets all REEF FISH and became the most efficient way to destroy the last of the reef fish several years ago. It utilizes hookah divers who put nets on the reef and drive fish into them doing the day and another set of divers using harpoons at night to kill sleeping reef fish (Video) Sea Watch has chosen to focus its efforts on stopping the destruction of reef fish in the Sea of Cortez by getting legislation passed banning hookah and helping develop a vigilance and enforcement arm that is overseen by the civil society.
Mike McGettigan, Founder, Seawatch