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Net Traps Used to Protect the Vaquita

Our federal authorities are taking extreme measures in order to protect the “vaquita marina”, the small porpoise living in the Sea of Cortez that is already in the brink of extinction, with a new project consisting of dropping huge cement blocks with a reversed hook in the ocean floor in order to “trap” any net that is used in the area.

Although the northernmost part of the Sea of Cortez is a no tolerance zone for fishing nets, there have been many ships caught using them in the area, that’s why there is constant patrolling in the area from the Mexican navy and the Sea Shepherd NGO.

Authorities dropped 193 of these traps in the protected zone and they have set in place a program to look for lost nets in the ocean to avoid the possibility of a vaquita getting trapped in one of them.

Given the continued rate of bycatch and low reproduction of the vaquita, it is estimated that there are fewer than 10 vaquitas alive as of February 2022.

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Mexico Cancels Daylight Savings, Border Cities Keep It

Mexico’s congress passed a decree a few months ago, effectively cancelling the daylight savings time (DST) change each year starting in 2023, citing that the energy savings was so small that it doesn’t justify the effort of changing our clocks two times a year.

Even though border cities have the same infimal savings on energy during DST, it was decided to keep it active in them, as eliminating would make them have different times than their counterparts across the border, complicating an already sensible economy between them.

Just this week, our state congress, asked for a modification to the decree, as the original text didn’t include San Felipe or San Quintin, and if implemented as is it would effectively make those municipalities have a different time than Ensenada, Tijuana, Rosarito and Mexicali when DST is active.

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