San Felipe Fishermen Demand United Nations Intervention on Fishing Ban
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September 17, 2016
About 500 fishermen and residents of San Felipe demonstrated and signed a document where they asked the United Nations to listen to their complaints and evaluate what a fishing ban has done for the residents of the city.
In addition, the petition from the residents of San Felipe is to be heard by Mexico's president, which he agreed to when initiated the ban two years ago to protect the vaquita porpoise, said the president of the Federation of Coastal Fishermen of San Felipe, Sunshine Rodríquez Peña.
The fishermen complained that under the ban, they are not allowed to go to sea to get food for their families, a situation which violates there constitutional rights.
With a 500 foot long banner, the demonstrators asked for an audience with Mexican president Peña Nieto and the United Nations, with the intention that they consider their situation in addition to the species in danger of extinction.
Read the rest at Uniradio Informa (Spanish)
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