Dead turtles appear in fishing nets in Los Cabos

Baja California.- The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) found two dead sea turtles caught in fishing nets abandoned off the coast of La Ribera, Municipality of Los Cabos, Baja California Sur.

Elements of this Attorney’s Office carried out the maritime surveillance tour in this area, in coordination with the Secretary of the Navy (Semar), the National Commission for Aquaculture and Fisheries (Conapesca) and the Fund for the Protection of Marine Resources (Fonmar).

During the tour, two fishing gears were located and in each one there was a quelonian trapped lifeless. The inspectors determined that they were two specimens belonging to the black turtle species (Chelonia agassizii).

The two fishing gears were insured by this environmental authority and the bodies of the sea turtles were transferred to perform the corresponding necropsy with the support of veterinarians from the Cabo Dolphins dolphinarium, to subsequently carry out their final disposal.

The fishing nets found have a total length of 200 meters, with a drop of 4 meters, one of them with a mesh size of 8 inches and the other 6 inches, which are generally used for scale fishing.

It is worth mentioning that the brown turtle is listed in the risk category of Endangered (P) within the official Mexican standard NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010; In addition, it has been in a total and indefinite ban since May 31, 1990, for which it is strictly prohibited to extract, capture, pursue and disturb or harm in any way all species and subspecies of sea turtles in waters under federal jurisdiction.

Profepa will maintain the tours in coordination with different dependencies and endorses its commitment to ensure strict compliance with the legislation. environmental protection for the benefit of ecosystems and protection of natural resources in the country.