Mexico Keep Dorado Off the Table

The Mexican Congress has been conducting forums throughout Mexico and Baja for the past two years, seeking input from the sportfishing and commercial industry on the feasibility of  removing dorado from the list of species “reserved exclusively for sportfishing” which is outlined in the Mexican Fisheries law. The passing of this initiative would allow the commercialization of dorado.

The sixth Forum was convened unexpectedly last week in Tapachula, Chiapas. Minerva Saenz, IGFA Representative in Los Cabos, along with many others, responded to the last minute call for testimony. They traveled more than two thousand miles at great personal expense to once again voice the Sportfishing Industries' opposition to any action that would allow the taking of more dorado for commercial purposes.

The ever effusive Minerva observed on her return Monday, "The meeting was the most powerful of the six that I have attended. The government officials were impressed and seemed to be very receptive to our objections and recommendations."

Presidents of various commercial fishing associations attended to encourage the passing of this initiative which would result in dorado being commercialized.  

Many Mexican Sportfishing organizations were represented including  the local Asociacion de Pesca Deportiva of Chiapas and were joined by International Game Fish Representatives Minerva Sáenz, Representante IGFA, Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S.; David Jones, Representante IGFA, La Paz, B.C.S.; Ing. Ricardo Hernández Carrasco, Representante IGFA, Oaxaca,Oaxaca;  Gary Graham, Representante IGFA, Baja California Sur; and Nassim Joaquin Delbouis, Representante IGFA, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, in voicing their opposition.  

The following items summarize the opposition to the submitted initiative:

·         Lack of biological studies confirming whether or not the dorado population could sustain commercialization.

·         The illegal exportation of dorado is a flagrant violation of our Mexican laws.

·         Commercialization of dorado is not a sustainable economic solution for local fishermen.

The 'Dorado Defenders' who have made the effort to attend all of the six public forums are to be commended for their ongoing passion and commitment to Sportfishing in Mexico.

The dedicated group includes Minerva Saenz, Enrique Fernandez del Castillo, the President of the Fundacion para la Conservacion de Los Picudos, A.C., Sandra Pinos, Gllen Bercovich, Dr. Carlos Villavicencio, and the Sportfishing Union of Owners of Sportfishing Boats for Los Cabos and  many, many others who have given their support with time, money and energy.

At the conclusion, the Congressional Representatives expressed their unawareness of the importance of dorado to sportfishing and tourism throughout Mexico and Baja. They gave assurances that the information provided would be considered carefully.

While the political process seems far removed from sportfishing, if it weren't for the continued coordinated dedication and effort of interested individuals representing the Sportfishing Industry, sportfishing's contribution to Mexico's economy through tourism would be overlooked entirely.

Follow the links to see the full text submitted in Spanish and English.

Article courtesy of IGFA Representative Gary Graham, Graham Communications.