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Municipal Administration pursues highway rehabilitation

Press Release.  Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. June 22, 2017.

Thanks to existing cooperation between the local administration and state government, the State Highway Board will be initiating renovation and maintenance work along the Puerto Peñasco-Caborca and Puerto Peñasco-El Golfo de Santa Clara highways in the northwestern part of Sonora in coming days. At times the State Highway Board has made improvements to sections of the Puerto Peñasco – Caborca highway, which have included the laying of asphalt in stretches of road in poor condition. With respect to the Puerto Peñasco-Golfo de Santa Clara highway, a pothole filling program is set to begin, along with removal of sand as desert conditions along parts of this route have led to dangerous accumulations of sand.

 

Harbor Master now part of Mexican Navy

By José Antonio Pérez

June 16, 2017.  As of June 17th, across the country and here in Puerto Peñasco the Port Captaincy is now part of the Ministry of the Mexican Navy (SEMAR). This comes after a decree in December of last year announcing the transition from the Secretary of Communications and Transport to the SEMAR.  Harbor Master Luis Castro Galán believes the transition should not have any negative effect, as such a model was in place during the 1970s. The Port Captaincy, which is now under the General Office of Maritime Affairs of the Navy, includes civilians working in naval construction, research, and oceanography, or rather it will not be militarized.

 

Cannonball jellyfish from Upper Gulf of California generates important income

By José Antonio Pérez

June 12, 2017.  Fishermen families in the Golfo de Santa Clara of the Upper Gulf of California have seen economic revenue of over 21 million pesos with launch of the cannonball jellyfish season, reports SAGARHPA Deputy Secretary of Fishing and Aquaculture, Marco Antonio Ross Guerrero. In the first twelve days of the season, 4,020 tons of cannonball jellyfish had already been captured, valued at 5 pesos per kilogram.  He added jellyfish capture does not hinder measures at sea to protect the endangered vaquita marina.   Cannonball jellyfish are sent to markets in Asia, indicated the Deputy Secretary, and has extended to the fishing communities of Puerto Peñasco and Guaymas, creating jobs for just over 3,000 people directly among fishermen and processing plants.

 

Self-imposed ban on deep sea fishing – Activities to resume July 1st

By José Antonio Pérez

June 12, 2017. The Puerto Peñasco office of the National Chamber of the Fishing Industry (CANAINPES) reports local fishing producers implemented a self-imposed ban on deep-sea fishing through July 1st in an effort to support the conservation and reproduction of species in the Sea of Cortez, while also preventing speculation on illegal fishing of totoaba and shrimp.

Of the just over 50 boats in the Puerto Peñasco fleet with deep-sea fishing permits for scale fish, most are in agreement with the self-imposed ban and are confident that over time others will join, along with producers in regions such as San Felipe, the Golfo de Santa Clara, and Guaymas. Similar self-imposed bans in 2003 and 2009 proved to have positive results in helping to guarantee sustainability of fishing activities.

 

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