Livelihoods Threatened, Angry fishermen in Sonora attack federal officials

Angry fishermen in Sonora attacked environmental officials Wednesday night and torched 15 vehicles, including trucks, boats, and ATVs. Worried that their livelihoods were being threatened by federal environmental and health assessment programs, the fishermen, from Golfo de Santa Clara, physically attacked 28 officials from the federal environmental agency Profepa, the National Protected Areas Commission and the National Aquaculture and Fisheries Commission. The fishermen’s beef is that they want to be able to fish corvina, but the issuing of a permit by the National Aquaculture and Fisheries Commission has been delayed. New regulations require that an environmental impact statement must be approved by the Environmental Secretariat before the fishing vessels sail. Read the rest here 08:38

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