Progress on achieving Environmental Impact Statement for coastal fishermen

Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. June 15, 2016.  Municipal officials and representatives from the fishing community in Puerto Peñasco have been pursuing various steps with the Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) in order to obtain an Environmental Impact Statement (MIA).

A commission, led by Municipal Director of Ecology, Tlacaelel Rivera Núñez, on behalf of Mayor Kiko Munro, along with Lázaro Espinoza Mendívil from the Association of Regional Coastal Fishing (Asociación de la Pesca de Ribera Regional Organizada y Regularizada de Punta Peñasco A.C.) presented the Environmental Impact Statement Office with a study concerning coastal fishing in the area of the Upper Gulf of California and Rio Colorado Delta Biosphere Reserve.

The Puerto Peñasco commission met with National Director of Environmental Impact Statements, Alfonso Flores, along with State Deputy Secretary of Fishing Affairs, Marco Ross, and Federal Representative Próspero Ibarra, President of the Fishing Affairs Commission in Congress.

Regional Coastal Fishing President Lázaro Espinoza detailed the responsibility of resolving the MIA, along with the importance of obtaining authorization for more than 500 families in Puerto Peñasco that directly depend economically on fishing, along with the job benefits created both pre and post capture.

Peñasco Municipal Ecology Director Tlacaelel Rivera delved into the technical aspects, detailing the study does not contravene the polygons established to protect the Vaquita Marina and is in adherence with 31 mitigation steps to guarantee coastal fishing activities under precautionary principles, with the confidence of minimal impact on marine and coastal environments in the Eastern Portion of the Northen Gulf of California.

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