Mexican Poachers Ignore Fishing Ban

And after they were paid to cut it out! Let’s take the money back
BY: BESS EATON

A Greenpeace vessel patrolling the Gulf of California has discovered gill netters are continuing to snag the endangered vaquita porpoise despite a government moratorium on this activity and the fact that the fishermen are being paid their full income to sit on their ass.

These little cutie pies don’t get along with nets, and the use of them is causing them to become extinct For a while it seemed like the world’s smallest and most endangered porpoise was getting the help it needed from the United States government, which coughed up money to pay the fishemen for doing noting, but it was not to be that simple. They are at it again. A ban on gill-net fishing—the leading cause of death for the vaquita—was put in place in the marine mammal’s habitat in the northern part of the Gulf of California, giving hope that the last 100 of the species might survive.

Greenpeacers on patrol found multiple gill nets set up in the banned area, which they photographed and reported to officials. Ja ja ja! Like they care.

Fishermen use the nets to catch another endangered species, like the totoaba, whose bladder is coveted in China as a delicacy. Totoaba swim bladders can fetch as much as $4,000 a pound for the Mexican fishermen, and a single bladder can sell for $15,000 in Hong Kong shops.

When the two year fishing ban was announced in the spring, environment ministry officials said they would obtain funding to fly three unmanned aerial drones and deploy eight fast boats to patrol the area and the United States, meddlesome busy body that they are, came through with the money. The Greenpeace people said they never saw any security whatsoever. Of course the U.S. will not be allowed to patrol in Mexican waters.

Greenpeace officials asked the Mexican government for a meeting to discuss the lack of enforcement in the banned fishing zone, and Mexican officials never even got back to them.

The Hong Kong government has been no more helpful than the Mexican government, as in two separate investigations, Greenpeace activists in Hong Kong have discovered shopkeepers selling totoaba bladders they claim came from Mexico. “We got the shop names, photo evidence, and video and gave all those materials to the Hong Kong government in May,” said Greenpeace East Asia campaigner Bonnie Tang. “However, after two months, the government still has taken no action to inspect any of the shop owners.”

 There were 200 vaquitas in the Gulf of California as recently as 2012, but the rising prices of totoaba bladders—thought to cure a limp dick, decimated the population down to 97 individuals last year, with as few as 50 remaining in the wild today. If something isn’t done now to reverse the trend, the world’s smallest cetacean could be extinct within three years.

“The totoaba trade will not stop until the Hong Kong government takes action,” Tang said. “Action taken will send a very large warning that shop owners should not engage in bladder trading anymore. If they don’t, the extinction of the species is imminent.”

Can’t the Chinamen just take Viagra? Just wondering.