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Posted on May 18, 2007 in Top Shots
A Plea to Mexico: Reconsider the Destruction of Your Country's Marine Fish Resources

From a message sent to Mexican officials regarding Shark Norma

For Mexico's future, it is imperative that you work actively to oppose the Shark Norma 029 and prevent it from continuing as law. Otherwise, there can be very little doubt that your waters will soon become a desert for most large fish.

And I know all too well, as editor in chief of one of the world's leading magazines for sport-fishing enthusiasts, that along with those fish, you can say goodbye to millions of dollars every year, lost to Mexico's economy from an easily sustainable, long-term, relatively non-consumptive recreational fishery.

Please reconsider for the sake of your great oceans as well as the sake of your children and theirs. Do not let short-term commercial fishing destroy your marine fish populations. Your failure to stop this short-sighted, greed-driven Shark Norma virtually guarantees that end. You have the power to keep that from happening and do what is right for Mexico's future. I'll be watching -- as will a few hundred thousand readers of Sport Fishing and most of the world on this one.

DOUG OLANDER
Editor in Chief
Sport Fishing Magazine

Click here to tell Mexico's representatives to reconsider Shark Norma

Learn more about the legislation here