Shrimp & Hake Seasons. RockyPoint 360 NewsWrap

Shrimp size helps compensate for drop in yields

By José Antonio Perez

Feb. 16, 2017.  Mateo López León, Local Secretary of the National Chamber of the Fishing Industry (CANAINPES), details poor shrimp yields early in the season have been compensated with larger sizes, resulting in a positive balance overall for the 2016-2017 season.  He furthered while a specific date has not yet been set for the end of the 2016-2017 shrimp season, it is expected this will be at the beginning of March at the latest. He added many shrimp boats have already stopped seeking the “pink gold”, while others are continuing until the season officially ends.  Despite lower shrimp yields and concerns at the beginning of the season, he detailed, the size of Puerto Peñasco’s shrimp helped overcome these worries, averaging 21-16 per pound to 15-12 per pound. He contributed the increased shrimp size to a later than usual opening of shrimping in the Upper Gulf of California, coupled with the two year ban on coastal fishing in that same zone.


Hake season points to improved yields

By José Antonio Perez

Feb. 15, 2017.  Despite low numbers as the season began, hake (merluza) yields have improved, with expectations of possibly 4500 tons for the season, detailed Mateo López León of CANAINPES (Secretary of the National Chamber of the Fishing Industry).  When the season began in late January, yields were averaging 10-15 tons per boat. However, capture has now risen to an average of 20-22 tons per vessel.  Currently, there are just over 40 boats from the local fleet who stopped shrimping activities and have turned to hake for about the past month.  Currently, hake from Puerto Peñasco is principally for the national market, though options are being evaluated to expand to international markets, and primarily Europe.   If weather permits, added López León, by the end of the 2017 Puerto Peñasco hake season in March, they may close out with total yields of 4500 tons.


Security guard rescued in desert after fall from train

By José Antonio Perez

Feb. 13, 2017.  On Sunday, February 12th, members of Civil Protection/Fire Department, the Red Cross, and Municipal Public Safety rescued a private train security guard after he had apparently fallen off a moving train.  Forty-four year-old Cruz Albeto Núñez Castro of Caborca was found safe and sound after walking for hours, though showing signs of dehydration and non-serious injuries. Reportedly, Núñez Castro, in charge of monitoring the trains passing, had fallen from a moving convoy near the ejido López Collada.


City seeks local benefits from Wind Farm

By José Antonio Perez

Feb. 12, 2017.  In maintaining open dialog with the Energía Sonora Civil Society, the local administration seeks greater benefits for Puerto Peñasco residents from a second wind turbine currently under construction at the wind farm north of town.  In emphasizing his support for green energy, Mayor Kiko Munro detailed his administration is assisting in the project by supervising safety measures via Civil Protection, though maintains complaints his administration has lodged concerning the use and construction of the first turbine.  The mayor added they hope to establish an agreement concerning the second wind turbine, which will define a yet to be determined percentage of energy specifically for residents in this municipality.

Construction on the second wind turbine is currently underway, with expectations it will begin operating this year.  According to files from Ahora Noticias, construction on the second wind turbine at the Energía Sonora Wind Farm represents an investment of over 50 million pesos.


Two detained for transporting totoaba

By José Antonio Perez

Feb. 12, 2017.  A Korean man and a Mexican woman were detained in a car from the direction of Golfo de Santa Clara for transporting parts of the endangered totoaba.  After the vehicle was checked at the Military Safety Post “El Doctor”, inspectors secured an ice chest containing parts of the endangered species, including a totoaba swim bladder that is highly sought after on the black market.  The parts, identified by staff from the National Aquaculture and Fishing Commission (CONAPESCA), all appeared to have come from the same fish.  As the totoaba is considered an endangered species, both persons were detained.




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