The graphs we present are recorded accurately by the thousands of families gathered to enjoy the holiday resort with the occasion of Easter, which allowed residents, local visitors and hundreds of foreign visitors for a few days to forget about everyday problems come and enjoy the large sun, attitude and clean beaches, warm waters of the Red Sea, the famous seafood cuisine and the contagious joy rocaportense night and day to give visitors to the newly refurbished pier founders more than 3 dozen bands tasted.
The Delegate of SAGARPA in Sonora, Fernando Miranda Blanco, and Mayor of Puerto Peñasco, Alejandro Zepeda Munro, inaugurated the new premises of the Federal Bureau of Fisheries in this port, an effort that will provide a better service to the fishermen of the region.
With an investment of 1.5 billion pesos in infrastructure and equipment, the Federal Bureau of Fisheries Rocky becomes the first 6 offices in the State, which participates in the Institutional Development of SAGARPA, which strives to offer its users dignified spaces, functional and comfortable.
“For 3 years the idea of having this personal space to meet the producers of the best, and today, with the willingness of Mayor Alejandro Zepeda, who initially supported us and made to pay the few resources we had The dream of moving to this office a reality, “said Miranda.
The Federal Commissioner reiterated that these new facilities are for the benefit of fishermen and shore height, which now have a space that can apply to carry out their meetings and make the necessary arrangements for the development of the sector.
“We have the first, hence we are going to Guaymas, because there fishers also need good care office, we only hope that the Mayor, Cesar Lizarraga, support us with space to just get into the modernization of the office,” said Miranda Blanco.
For its part, Alejandro Zepeda said that the City of Puerto Peñasco continue to support the fisheries sector this year, seek to build a new pier.
During 2010, SAGARPA and the National Commission on Fisheries (Conapesca) invested about 72 million pesos to support the fishermen in this region, through its major programs such as Marine Diesel, Gasoline Riverside, Engine Replacement, Modernization and Withdrawal of Fleet.
“We are working in the fisheries management program, we expect between now and 3 months to conclude the badging of the fishermen, and the process of chipping the boats and this year we bring back the engine replacement program and we support projects added value, “said the Commissioner.
At the opening of the new office located at Calle 12 No. 199, Port Area, attended by the Deputy Delegate of Fisheries, José Luis Moreno Gomez, City Clerk of Puerto Peñasco, José Ramón Campos, and the Chief of the Bureau of Fisheries, Hermenegildo Ramírez.
As the Captain of the Port, Miguel Ángel Ramón Gómez, Andrés Fernando Sosa Admiral, Commander of the Military Naval Sector, Mateo López León, president of the Federation of Shipowners and Littoral, and the lord of the Committee on Fisheries, Célida Pérez Duarte as well as representatives of SEMARNAT, and Conanp Profepa
Ever wondered why you have in the Navy to refer to the speed of a boat, knots are used? A lack of resources, in ancient times had to use imagination to rely on the sea, and despite today’s explanation is simple, not lack of talent.
One of the first methods that were sailors to determine the speed of the ships was an archaic probe. It was basically throwing a rope supplied water of knots separated by a distance, so after a while – once set by the hourglass – the crew picked up the Task Manager to see how the widget was nodes that had been unwound (The rope with knots was wrapped in a piece of wood). Based on data obtained on board knew full speed they carried.
At the end I considered that a knot equivalent to one nautical mile per hour (1 nautical mile = 1.852 km), so that a speed of 10 knots equals 18.52 km / h.
UNITED STATES ASSESSES PUERTO PEÑASCO SHRIMP BOATS
(Vessels come through clear)
Ecology inspectors from the United States recently evaluated 13 shrimp boats from Puerto Peñasco in order to verify the use of fish excluding devices. They found no anomalies during the assessment, which was considered normal by the state authority for the fishing sector. Through this verification, it was fully demonstrated that the shrimp fleet in the state has a program to guarantee the protection of sea turtles and prevent their accidental capture, reported Daniel Hiram Villarreal Guadiana, deputy director of secretary of agriculture, ranching, rural development, fishing and feed for Mexico(SAGARPA).
Villarreal Guadiana stressed the audit of shrimp fishing operation in the northern region of the country has shown there is compliance with regulations.
“These verifications form an important part in strengthening the commercial relationship of the country with the U.S. market, which is one of the countries where sonoran shrimp is exported. “He mentioned”.
The review was done by experts of these devices from the U.S. State department, in a coordinated manner with staff from Profepa and Conapesca, in which they verified the drag nets of thirteen vessels in Puerto Peñasco and did a maritime inspection tour, with no anomalies registered.
The sub-secretary of fishing for SAGARPA, Prisciliano Meléndez Barrios, remarked that the verification is usual and is done annually.
This is not a condition that is put on the sonoran fishing sector on behalf of the U.S. government, yet it grants certification to the bay as an exporter of this product to the U.S.
Meléndez Barrios explained, “It is totally ordinary practice that goes back many years and objective of which is the ecology and care for marine species. Each year a review is done of the shrimp boats and the excluding devices for sea turtles; this sis nothing new at all, it as been going on for many years to assure that turtles are not captured”
The U.S. inspection consisted in assuring each boat has a duly placed excluding device, so that turtles may escape as necessary.
“Once the review is done and certification obtained, the U.S is able to buy shrimp from Mexico from its distinct bays. This is not condition, but a tpe of certification they do with the objective of assuring responsible ecological awareness,” he added.
The SAGARPA sub-secretary noted that with respect to work of the Mexican inspectors, federal authorities are the ones that review the exclusion device for sea turtles.
Fish Stories: Learn About the Gulf of California
I’ve written before about our friends at CEDO (Centro Intercultural de Estudios de Desiertos y Oceanos, or Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans), a non-profit research station located in the community of Las Conchas in Rocky Point.
CEDO is now doing a lecture series about the Gulf of California. The next talk, about developing sustainable fisheries in the northern Gulf, is this Tuesday, April 21, at 6 p.m. at the UA Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen St.
Here are the details, per CEDO:
Speakers: Dr. Richard Cudney-Bueno (UA, the Packard Foundation, CEDO), Alison Deming (UA) and Tad Pfister (UA)
From 2002 to 2004 commercial divers worked with Dr. Richard Cudney-Bueno, to increase productivity of their mollusk fisheries. They participated in
subtidal monitoring and observed first-hand the effectiveness of maintaining no fishing areas. By coupling these results with a study of oceanographic currents and larval dispersal offshore of Puerto Peñasco, we have gained important insights into the use of marine reserves to maximize fisheries recruitment. Lessons learned from this work and other research will translate into management plans for about a dozen species and areas of special importance in the Northern Gulf through the PANGAS project.
Tad Pfister, UA coordinator for the PANGAS project, which involves six institutions, including CEDO, will relate how this ecosystem-based approach will help Mexico move toward co-management of sustainable small scale fisheries. UA creative writer Alison Deming will read from her inspirational book “In the Territory of Birds” set on Isla Tiburon, one of the Gulf’s most productive island systems.
SEEKING ORDERLY PROMOTION OF RECREATIONAL SPORT FISHING
Activity holds great potential
Given that recreational sports fishing represents tremendous potential for
Puerto Peñasco, steps are being taken towards promoting this activity which has not yet been fully explored in this area.
A recent forum held in Peñasco, entitled “Local Actions in the area of sport fishing,” included the participation of authorities and sports fishermen who addressed central themes including coordination of the two levels of government in the area of sport fishing and future actions for the management of this activity.
Bernardino Muñoz, director of the Sport Fishing Unit of the National Fishing Commission (Conapesca), led the National Program of Sport Fishing (2006-2012), which discussed the current situation and possible steps to be implemented to guarantee proper development.
The federal official stressed at a national level! Nearly 2 billion dollars are garnered from sport fishing, creating 35,000 direct jobs. This data points to the importance of creating better conditions and regulations in order to properly carryout this fascinating activity
Muñoz explained that of ah those who work in the area of sport fishing, only 10% actually go through the process of getting the respective permits while 90% do not. This, he notes, creates an enormous leak in tax revenue and tremendous difficulties in controlling what is being taken out of the sea.
Bernardino Muñoz urged for the creation of a municipal sport fishing committee, which is fundamental to achieve true promotion of this important activity
He even spoke about the possibility of establishing a sport fishing program for Totoaba in this region of the Upper Gulf of California. Totoaba is a protected species, though with the potential of being sought after for this purpose. He detailed they are working in coordination with Semarnat on these efforts.
The Mayor agreed it is necessary to establish actions and programs that promote orderly recreational sport fishing in this community He noted he was open to working in a coordinated manner with the state and federal governments in order to make sport fishing a more adequate activity, which would be beneficial for tourism.
The City Leader noted his concern because although there is an abundance of species for sport fishing, the way the activity is currently being done may risk diminishing these sources. He therefore praised the joint efforts to assure this important activity is regulated and sustainable.
Alejandro Castillo, Sub director of CEDO, indicated recreational sport fishing represents a grand attraction for visitors to this port and reflects a considerable economic influx for community residents.
However, he added, more care of its implementation is required, along with control of the numbers of marine species, as this may represent a risk for the sustainability of this activity
The intent of the recent forum was to coordinate with the municipal, state, and federal government iii order to establish proposals and future actions for the administration of activities, he underscored.
PEÑASCO HITS HOLE IN ONE
The Mayan Palace recently welcomed the US University Women’s Amateur Women’s Golf Tournament, held out of the US for the first time ever, and which included the participation of 4 young promising Mexican women golfers.
Margarita Ramos, Alejandra Llaneza, Diana Cantú and Liisa Kela are seeking to follow in the footsteps of their countrywoman Lorena Ochoa who today is a Star on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) circuit.
The Sea of Cortéz Peninsula Arizona Wildcat Invitation, held February 21-24, welcomed more than one hundred young golfers representing a variety of. U.S. universities, including Tennessee, Washington, UCLA, Arizona State, Duke, Stanford, Oklahoma, Tulsa, New Mexico, USC, UNLV, and U of A, among others.
Shelly Haywood, U of A golf coach and former professional golfer, stated the decision to play in Puerto Peñasco was made given the generosity and hospitality of the Sonoran community as well as the fact that it offers a first class golf course designed by living legend Jack Nicklaus.
The Director of Mayan Palace Puerto Peñasco, Manuel Alcocer Pérez, stressed the event would be a launching point to further promote Puerto Peñasco as an important destination for tourism.
He believed the port has the potential to be a golf destination, given the courses it already possesses and those to come, emphasizing the importance of promoting events of an international scope such as this.
Epifanio Salido Pavlovich, General Coordinator from the Commission for the Promotion of Tourism, expressed his gratitude for the trust of the American participants, and reiterated: “Sonora is and will continue to be a place with its arms open to tourism; we have worked very hard to make our State a world class destination.”
“It gives us tremendous pleasure that you have been able to see Sonora
from a good perspective; in recent days we’ve also had directors from the American Automobile Association (AAA), who acknowledged a hotel here in Peñasco for its quality of service,” stated Salido.
He continued, “This speaks well of what are doing in the state in the area of safety, but particularly to the fact this is a destination that many from the U.S. consider as their home, the recent golf tournament is an example of this is as oil this occasion it was hosted by the University of Arizona, and held here in Puerto Peñasco, or rather Arizona’s beach.”
The University of Arizona is one of the most prestigious golf programs in the United States and home to Mexican golfer Lorena Ochoa, among others, as well as now the promising Mexican golfers Margarita Ramos and Alejandra Llaneza, both originally from Mexico City.
Diana Cantú from Monterrey, Nuevo León and Liisa Kelo from Mexico City also participated in the event representing the University of Tennessee and Arizona State University respectively.
The Sea of Cortez Peninsula Arizona Wildcat Invitational took place in the midst of the beautiful facilities of Mayan Palace Puerto Peñasco. The event had no cost for participants and presented some of the most promising up and coming women golfers, as well as a series of clinics put on for children.
During the inauguration, and thanks in part to the globally renowned company NIKE area children were given golf equipment as a manner to help promote golf among younger generations.
El desarrollo acelerado que ha vivido la ciudad y Puerto Peñasco, no hubiese sido posible, sin la actividad pesquera, pues gracias a ella, este lugar fue paulatinamente habitado por pescadores del norte de Sinaloa, Guaymas y Bahía de Kino, fundamentalmente, que durante los recorridos al alto Golfo de California en busca de la especie marina Totoaba, muy apreciada por el mercado oriental, fueron utilizando como punto de descanso, para posteriormente convertirla en una aldea de pescadores.
Posteriormente con las pesquerías del tiburón y camarón, la actividad tomó grandes dimensiones, llegando a nuestros días una diversificación económica que involucra fuertemente a la actividad turística y a la prestación de servicios relacionados con ésta.
Hoy día, la fluctuante situación de la economía mundial ha llevado a los empresarios del ramo a buscar nuevas alternativas que permitan a la actividad mantener su dinámica productiva, así, un grupo de ellos, bajo el liderazgo del Sr. Alejandro Portugal, han consolidado una empresa integradora, que con infraestructura propia y productos con valor agregado están abriendo nuevos mercados en Asia y Europa.
Actualmente la pesca comercial tiene una flota de 127 embarcaciones, según los registros de la Capitanía de Puerto, dedicadas a la captura de camarón respetándose el período de veda donde la especie se reproduce. De estas 50 también se dedican a la captura de especies de escama en cantidad de 30 y 20 al tiburón. Para tal efecto las naves son acondicionadas con instrumentos propios para cada actividad, realizándose en el lapso que corresponde entre los meses de abril y septiembre, con variaciones en días determinados por la Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería y Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación.
Para que las embarcaciones puedan realizar operaciones de captura de producto, deben contar con un permiso de pesca que permita salvaguardar la vida humana en el mar, denominado Certificado de Seguridad Marítima, donde las autoridades responsables realizan inspecciones desde la segunda semana del mes de julio a los últimos días de Agosto, con el fin de asegurar que los navíos cuenten con las especificaciones reglamentarias.
Los barcos necesariamente deben contar con radio de comunicación, chalecos salvavidas, botiquín de primeros auxilios, luces de bengala, salvavidas anulares con rabiza de un mínimo de 27.5 metros, lanchas, salvavidas para trasladar a la tripulación, pistola de cuetes de señales, entre otras. Dicho certificado deben traerlo a bordo, al igual que su libreta de mar, matrícula visible en la embarcación, y los certificados de competencia expedidos por la Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes a través de la Dirección General de Marina Mercante, los cuales hacen la veces de una licencia.
Un documento final y también necesario es el Despacho de Salida, el cual es tramitado ante la instancia correspondiente por Agentes Consignatarios Navieros debidamente acreditados para tal afecto, los cuales pueden oscilar entre los treinta y cuarenta y cinco días, que es el tiempo en que la embarcación se maneja con autonomía en el suministro de combustible e insumos para la tripulación, pudiendo trasladarse para iniciar la temporada al Puerto de Yavaros, Topolobampo incluso Mazatlán en el vecino estado de Sinaloa.
Dentro de esta misma actividad comercial, operan 350 embarcaciones menores de pesca ribereña, las cuales deben operar dentro de un rango de 5 millas náuticas de distancia a la playa, es decir, unos nueve kilómetros trescientos setenta y cinco metros, exigiéndoles también medidas de seguridad indispensables.
La flota que integra este segmento está conformada por 75 embarcaciones entre yates y lanchas, entre los más representativos están Island Explorer que puede navegar con 20 aficionados a este deporte, Santo Niño con capacidad para 15, Caballo del Mar y Knottyjen para diez pescadores y otros de menor tamaño ya capacidad como Blue Moon y la Nora, a estas embarcaciones se les exige adicionalmente un seguro para pasajeros y de responsabilidad civil.
Existen otros navíos dedicados a recorridos turísticos, especialmente para observar al puerto desde la mar así como a los preciosos atardeceres de esta región del Mar de Cortés, entre ellos se encuentra “Galeón Pirata” que existe en Sonora conducido por el capitán Sanabria y que le invita a realizar un hermoso recorrido por las mansas aguas de la bahía, igualmente el Intrépid, Lobo del Mar, Lobito, Pura Vida, Tempo, Tigre, entre otros de gran calidad en el servicio, provocando que usted y su familia vuelvan a disfrutar las bellezas que enmarcan a este pujante puerto Sonorense.
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