world of SINO's with a specific focus on Mexico and their inability to enforce conservation laws for sharks.
As we have been documenting for the past several years white sharks are frequently taken in Mexico's waters, leading us to questions a recent announcement out of Mexico that would protect all sharks and rays in Mexican waters starting in 2012.
It seems that we were not alone in this line of questioning and as it turns out the entire announcement of a vast shark sanctuary in Mexican waters may be premature or downright politics as usual in Mexico.
For an in depth update on Mexico's ongoing shark problems read Serge Dedinas blog post from the NGO Wildcoast, one of the the most credible sources for front line shark information in Mexico.
The Mexico Shark Fishing Moratorium Fiasco
So is the shark moratorium truth of fiction?
These types of policy “wars” in Mexico over proposals used to be
carried out domestically in the state-run media. Different newspapers
would publish policy proposals by competing factions in a government
agency (the Mexican government under the PRI essentially bankrolled the
You would always know an article was a political message because it
would appear without a byline with a very forceful and badly written
statement about a very obscure policy. Another newspaper would carry the
same type of article from a competing faction of technocrats calling
for a different obscure policy.
Then the issue would vanish from the public spotlight.
What is unfortunate is that in the past, Mexico used to pass
far-reaching conservation initiatives because it was worth the positive
international media exposure it received–and then those plans would be
implemented (to some degree).