TROUBLE IN THE SEA OF CORTEZ
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