TROU­BLE IN THE SEA OF CORTEZ

Marlin - - FEEDBACK -

I have read Marlin for some time, and just wanted to drop you a line about the fish­ing here in the Sea of Cortez off Mex­ico’s Baja Penin­sula. I have had a place in Puerto Es­con­dido for about 30 years, and I never thought I would see this in my life­time:

The com­mer­cial fish­er­men have just about cleaned out most species of fish from La

Paz north to San Felipe. Very few tourist fish­er­men come to Loreto any­more. There used to be 30 to 40 pan­gas tak­ing fish­er­men out ev­ery day; now there might be five or

10, if that. I see the com­mer­cial guys tak­ing red snap­per as big as your hand and fe­male do­rado that might be 2 or 3 pounds. Loreto is sup­posed to be a marine park with no com­mer­cial fish­ing — that’s a joke. There is no one to en­force the rules. I own a 36-foot Black Watch and fish pretty hard, but it has be­come al­most a waste of time any­more. The largest aquar­ium in the world will soon be­come a dead sea if some­thing isn’t done quickly.

Tom Wares Puerto Es­con­dido, Mex­ico Via email

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