Sea Life in Decline

Date: 30/03/2010

In 10 years life in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez has declined dramatically due to highly destructive new fishing methods. Traditional hook-and-line fisherman have been put out of business by more damaging gill net fishing and hookah diving. Using compressed air has been banned in Mexico for sports fishermen for 40 years, but since commercial fishermen weren’t named specifically they had been allowed to use compressed air to clean the reef. In May 2009 this changed: the use of hookahs have now been outlawed for any type of fishing.

http://explorations.ucsd.edu/Research_Highlights/2010/Jan_Feb/ca_gulf/

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