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Municipal administration commemorates 211th Anniversary of the birth of Benito Juárez
Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. March 21, 2017. City officials joined students, parents, and members of the Año de Juárez 1972 Masonic Lodge to commemorate the 211th anniversary of the birth of Benito Juárez. On behalf of Mayor Kiko Murno, Municipal Secretary Olayn García Cinco stressed the historic achievements of Benito Juárez as President of the Republic in establishing secular, mandatory, and free education throughout the country. He noted, “Speaking about and remembering Benito Juárez García is to enter into the richness and ample history of Mexico; we will always remember him as his constitutional reforms defended liberty, the law, and democracy.”
Outstanding participation in 2nd OOMAPAS “Water and I” contest
Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. March 22, 2017. The Second “Water and I” Children’s Drawing Contest of OOMAPAS drew the participation of 189 children between 6 – 12 years old. The contest, which came to a close on World Water Day, focused on the central topic of how children and their families help in caring for water. During the awards ceremony, in the 6-8 year old category prizes were given out to Krista Elizabeth Bellot, Jofiel Rafael Arrayales Portillo, and José Esteban Castillo Gutiérrez. In the 9-12 year old category, prizes were presented to Ashton Logan Truesdell, Regina Espinoza Miranda and Alieen Paulina Rincón Ochoa.
Shrimp season closes out at nearly 1650 tons
By José Antonio Perez
March 21, 2017. Though some boats had yet to report, the 2016-2017 shrimp season came to a close on March 20th with an overall capture of nearly 1650 tons of the so-called “pink gold”. This is up from 1624 tons reported in 2015-2016, and 1745 tons from the 2014-2015 season. Federal Fishing Office Director Hermenegildo Ramírez López stressed the importance of the off-season in caring for the marine resource while allowing for reproduction to help generate profitable volumes for the upcoming season. Historically, he added, fishermen in Peñasco have respected the off-season. Therefore, he encourages reports be brought to their attention of any illegal shrimping activity during the off-season. The annual shrimp season generally begins around mid-September and lasts through mid- March.
Concerns over Boycott of Mexican Shrimp
By José Antonio Perez
March 21, 2017. Fishing producers in Puerto Peñasco are understandably concerned about a boycott against Mexican shrimp announced recently by U.S. environmental groups. The effort launched by environmental organizations just prior to inauguration of the North America Seafood Expo in Boston aims to put pressure the Mexican government to more efficiently protect the endangered vaquita marina, of which it is believed there are only 30 remaining. Mateo López León, Secretary of the National Chamber of the Fishing Industry (CANAINPES), stated it has been plainly shown that shrimping activities do not affect the vaquita marina nor other species in the Upper Gulf of California, therefore noting boycott efforts on Mexican shrimp are unfounded.
Puerto Peñasco as attraction for investment from home and abroad
Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. March 21, 2017. Mayor Kiko Munro met with representatives from the PCC company and staff from The OffShore Group in analyzing possibilities to establish manufacturing in the city while encouraging economic growth and job creation. Together with Municipal Economic Development Coordinator Jorge Valdez Félix, the mayor met with David Carender and Jeff Schmitt of PCC, a manufacturer of pieces for the aeronautic industry, before then visiting the possible site for a manufacturing plant within the Industrial Park project. Luis Felipe Seldner, representative of Empresa Maquilas Tetakawi S.A. de C.V. was also on hand during the visit.