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FNS: Baja's Cocopa Community Still Unable to Fish Traditional Areas

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    FNS: Baja s Cocopa Community Still Unable to Fish Traditional Areas Date: 1/16/2003 2:34:52 PM Pacific Standard Time From: frontera@nmsu.edu Another year
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      FNS: Baja's Cocopa Community Still Unable to Fish Traditional Areas
      Date: 1/16/2003 2:34:52 PM Pacific Standard Time
      From: frontera@...

      Another year of fighting for expanded fishing rights has gone by and Baja California's Cocopa indigenous community has yet to see changes that would allow it to earn money through fishing in the Colorado River delta. The heart of the Colorado River Delta Biosphere Reserve, where the Cocopa traditionally fished, is closed to Cocopa fishing.

      On Tuesday, January 14, 2003, BC Governor Eugenio Elorduy Walter met with Víctor Lichtinger, the head of Mexico's Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Secretaría del Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, Semarnat) and the two discussed the problems facing the Cocopa. However, they did not come to an agreement regarding fishing.

      Mónica González, a Cocopa representative, told the Mexicali newspaper La Crónica that on January 14 she also had spoken with a high-level Semarnat figure who said that the question of fishing rights would not be soon resolved.

      This was a disappointment to the Cocopa who had hoped that they would not face problems with enforcement officials at the beginning of the fishing season in February.

      According to González, the Cocopa are also disappointed that federal environmental officials with power over the area have ignored recommendations made by Mexico's National Commission for Human Rights which would expand fishing opportunities for the Cocopa.

      To see a previous FNS article on this subject go to http://www.nmsu.edu/~frontera/dec01/Mexicalinews.html and scroll down to December 11.

      Source: La Crónica (Mexicali), January 15, 2003. Article by Gerardo Franco.
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