Title

Hooked: How Demand for a Protected Fish Lined the Pockets of Mexican Cartels & Sunk the Future of an Endangered Porpoise Species

Alternate Title

Adictos al anzuelo: Cómo la demandade un pez protegido forró los bolsillos de los cárteles mexicanos y hundió el futuro de una especie en peligro de extinción

Author Information

C4ADS

Date of Publication

1-1-2017 12:00 AM

Publication Date

August 22, 2017

Security Theme

IUU Fishing

Keywords

srhreports, iuufishing, country-mexico, totoaba fish, gillnets, vaquita, porpoise species, organized criminal networks, totoaba bladder, Gulf of California, Mexico, panga activity, Chinese destination markets, overfishing

Description

The totoaba fish, once essential to the economy of the Gulf of California in Mexico, is under the threat of overfishing once again. The high value of the totoaba’s bladder and the use of gillnets pose a threat to not only the species’ continued viability, but that of the vaquita, the world's smallest porpoise species. This report examines the totoaba trafficking supply chain, from the Gulf of California, through the United States, and into Chinese destination markets.

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Hooked: How Demand for a Protected Fish Lined the Pockets of Mexican Cartels & Sunk the Future of an Endangered Porpoise Species

The totoaba fish, once essential to the economy of the Gulf of California in Mexico, is under the threat of overfishing once again. The high value of the totoaba’s bladder and the use of gillnets pose a threat to not only the species’ continued viability, but that of the vaquita, the world's smallest porpoise species. This report examines the totoaba trafficking supply chain, from the Gulf of California, through the United States, and into Chinese destination markets.