Puerto Peñasco hosts 72nd District Convention of Lion’s Club
By José Antonio Pérez
May 5, 2017. With a well-deserved homage to don Ramón Bustamante Gradillas, Puerto Peñasco hosted the 72nd District Convention B1 of the Lion’s Club this past weekend. The event drew more than 500 people from Baja California Sur, Baja California, and Sonora together for workshops and talks led by Former International Lions Club Director Raúl Ramírez, and Lion’s Club District Governor Raúl Ramírez.
Advances in goal to reopen CetMar Aquarium
By José Antonio Perez
May 4, 2017. Work has been underway for the past several months to reopen the CetMar aquarium, which serves as a tool for youth at CetMar as well as a tourism attraction at the entrance to Las Conchas. While this advance has been slow, CetMar Director Fabiola Chávez Juárez expresses they hope to be able to achieve this by July. She noted in addition to rehabilitating the facilities of what was CetMar’s first aquarium, they are also working to build new facilities through an investment of from one to three million pesos. Work on the current facilities so far has included rehabilitation of electric installations, renovated hydraulic installations, painting of a mural, and closure of an area that will not be utilized. Renewal of permits for didactic sea-life remains so the tanks may be filled with fish. In addition, they hope to form a board to serve as support for CetMar aquarium operations.
City Council unanimously approves new Municipal Public Safety Commissioner
Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. May 3, 2017. Members of the Puerto Peñasco City Council unanimously approved designation of Marcos Alejandro Preciado Valenzuela as new Municipal Public Safety Commissioner. Mayor Kiko Munro detailed the incoming Commissioner has served as commander at different bases across Sonora, and possesses the requirements and abilities to further safety goals outlined within the comprehensive growth plan of the current administration. This will guarantee improvements to the quality of life across the community in making the destination more attractive to investors and visitors.
Mayor Kiko Munro Commemorates Labor Day with SNTE 28
Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. May 1, 2017. Mayor Kiko Munro commemorated the International Workers Movement on Labor Day together with members from the National Education Workers Union (SNTE) Section #28. The mayor thanked SNTE representatives for the invitation to join them on Labor Day, stressing, “Today is the most important date in the struggle of Mexican workers, therefore we should be concerned about improving daily working conditions, with the knowledge of moments in history that were launching points for the global workers’ movement.” Heberto Zazueta Medina, Region 11 Coordinator of Puerto Peñasco and Sonoyta, remarked that Labor Day is a call to all workers to remember and reaffirm their committed identity and that strength is found through unity.
Ban on shark, rays, and crab aims to ensure species’ reproduction
By José Antonio Pérez
April 30, 2017. The Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishing and Feed (SAGARPA) announced beginning May 1st a ban would go into effect for fishing of crab, shark, and rays in the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, as well as along the coasts of Sonora and Sinaloa, with the goal of protecting the species’ reproductive periods and development. The ban on crab fishing along the coastlines of Sonora and Sinaloa will be in effect from May 1st – August 31st. Similarly, removal of all species of rays is banned from May 1st – July 31st, while shark fishing is banned from May 1st – July 31st in the Pacific Ocean and from May 1st – June 30th in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean, and along the Campeche coast from August 1st – 31st.
Harbor Master indicates readiness for 2017 Hurricane season
By José Antonio Pérez
April 24, 2017. The 2017 hurricane season, which begins in May and runs through November, will be closely monitored to help prevent surprises for vessels in this region, assures Harbor Master Luis Castro Galán. He noted though the hurricane season extends over seven months, in this part of the Upper Gulf of California September and October tend to be the most active. Puerto Peñasco, he indicated, is not particularly prone to hurricanes though must remain alert given meteorological changes.