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September 21, 2007

Grassroots Protest Causes Gillnet Ban off Baja

Gillnets are now illegal in Mexico's Sea of Cortez along Baja's East Cape, thanks to the efforts of Roberto "Bobby" Van Wormer, Jr., Director of Tourism for the state of Baja California Sur. During a series of meetings, protestors lobbied for the ban at the federal Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (SAGARPA/PESCA) office in the Baja capital of La Paz. Approximately one kilometer's worth of gillnet permits were revoked. Baja's East Cape is home to many notable fishing resorts, including Rancho Bueno Vista, Palmas De Cortez, Punta Colorada and Playa del Sol. The area is now free of gillnets from El Cardonal south to Los Frailes.