Fighting illegal fishing – Following seven weeks of intensive intelligence work, community vigilance unit, ROC, help seize 600 kilograms of illegally caught fish during nocturnal operation at Isla Espiritu Santo The Espiritu Santo Archipelago off the coast of La Paz, BCS, Mexico, has been under attack from illegal fishing by Pistoleros and Encerradores for the […]
Posts in category Observatorio Ciudadano (ROC) deserves your support
Posts relating to the efforts of community run vigilance program, Observatorio Ciudadano, who patrol the Isla Espiritu Santo no-take reserves to gather evidence of illegal fishing practises that are destroying the areas reefs.
Sea Watch helped start and fund with (NOS) and several other NGO’s a group called Observatorio Ciudadano (OC) or Citizen Observers in 2009. 2010 was a year devoted to implementing that vigilance program. In its first year of operation it was successful beyond what many imagined and you can see more fish on every reef […]
It is obvious to us that the most beautiful of the southern gulf Islands Espiritu Santo has no chance of recovering when the authorities in charge of protected areas in Mexico, PROFEPA won’t prosecute fishermen blatantly fishing in the Nuclear Zone at La Lobera in the Espiritu Santo Island National Marine Park. This protected area […]
The reason Sea Watch and others founded “OC” Observatorio Ciudadano in 2009 and has supported it since is that S.W. believes that the major problem with fisheries management in Mexico is the lack of a clear legal framework and virtually no vigilance or enforcement. As a result any attempts to protect fish stocks through MPA’s […]