We have been keeping track of the chumming ban at Isla Guadalupe and as we have been reporting the situation this year is extremely fluid.
Recently one of the operations on site sent out an ill timed newsletter talking at great length about their continued chumming efforts at the island.
This came after the MX Navy had boarded all vessels on site in August and had clarified that "no chumming" was in effect. The L.A Times ran with that newsletter this weekend and this morning the Solmar V was boarded by a team from SEMARNAT "Mexico City" and the MX Navy.
Here is an except from an internal email we got this morning:
Note: Due to the volatility of the following email we have been asked to paraphrase it.
Sent: Sep 8, 2008 1:15 PM
Subject: guadalupe island boarding
Solmar V was boarded told not to chum by the MX Navy today. They pulled their cages and were doing island tours with their clients. The charter master has serious concerns about future operations at this site.
Editors Note: We'll keep you updated by the minute as things develop. All vessels are effected at this site at this time. Feel free to call us if you have any questions.