Showing posts with label Save the Sea Turtles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Save the Sea Turtles. Show all posts

Thursday, May 20, 2021

One For The Sea Turtles !


My Sad Story...

So here's the deal: for over three weeks I've been taking two 75mg doses of Diclofenac Sodium (Voltaren) as prescribed for brutal knee pain, the cortisone shots only last maybe if I'm lucky just a bit over a month. Last week, it hit me. I had a horrible reaction to this drug, I completely swelled up, headache, my feet were so swollen I could not walk or even stand in addition to being loopy. I stopped immediately and was put on Lasix 80mg. for three days. I was drinking tons of water, using ACV, soaking in epsom salts, exhausted.

Following that, on Monday I went in for two more cortisone shots and was told I need a knee replacement. The cortisone didn't actually kick in until three days later. Now, I'm barely able to walk across the hall, but no pain so far, just stiffness. We have to wait another three months of me hobbling around like a snail, although the turmeric helps.

Plus we were looking forward to a road trip up north to scout out places to live after June 15th when CA opens up, but it doesn't look like that will happen.  However,  are going to make a point to go out and enjoy some real soulfood (if I can walk) out at Jay's Southern Cafe in Jacumba...the  hotsprings are not open though.


Meanwhile in between times, I have been bookmarking what seems to be not just a little bickering between Mexico and the the Biden Administration on social , labor & environmental issues, and of course, the violence here. I won't be able to list all of these at one time; let's start off with the sea turtles for right now.

EU Quita a Mexico Certificacion Para Camaron de Altamar; No Se Podra Exportan el Crustaceo

Por, Carlos Alvarez - 05/01/21

"The US State Department suspended, yesterday, Friday, April 30, the certification for shrimp from Mexico caught on the high seas, because, as it argued, the Mexican sea turtle protection program is no longer comparable to that of the United States.

The US withdrew Mexico's certification in the shrimp fishery, due to the inappropriate use of Sea Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) by the offshore fleet. With this measure, Mexican merchants are prohibited from exploiting wild shrimp to US territory.

Published in the US Federal Register -in public notice number 11419-, the suspension of the certification of Mexican shrimp from the high seas would put exports of the crustacean to the United States at risk, which according to data from the National Aquaculture and Fisheries Commission (CONAPESCA) added 30 thousand tons during 2020, with a value of 300 million dollars, since Mexico is the sixth exporter to that country.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States (NOAA, for its acronym in English), made 4 inspection visits during two years (2019-2021), to Campeche; Mazatlan Sinaloa; Puerto Chiapas; Puerto Juárez, Quintana Roo; Puerto Peñasco, Sonora; Salina Cruz, Oaxaca; San Blas, Nayarit; and, to Tampico, Tamaulipas, in which irregularities were found in the use of TEDs.

“From these visits, the observers from the United States determined certain observations related to deficiencies in the instrumentation of the TED NOM in around 106 observed networks,” as reported by CONAPESCA in a statement.

Since the end of 2018, when the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador began, CONAPESCA disappeared the special group of federal officials that throughout the year was dedicated to training the crew of the ships, in the correct use of TEDs.

For now, the only countries authorized to export meat to the US are: Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Gabon, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama and Suriname. "For nations, economies and fisheries not included in the list, only shrimp harvested from aquaculture are eligible to enter the United States," the US government indicated.

In response, the Government of Mexico communicated that it is carrying out preventive and corrective actions to regain certification, for which the competent authorities such as CONAPESCA, the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) and the Secretariat of the Navy ( SEMAR) are giving training courses to fishermen.

Through a statement, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) emphasized that more aggressive inspection and surveillance programs will be installed to prevent bad practices in shrimp fishing in the high seas from continuing to take place.

"As part of the process to follow, it will be essential to transmit to the United States Government, no later than the month of August, the action plan with all the documentary evidence of the actions carried out by the Government of Mexico," said the SADER.

However, during the suspension of certification from the United States to Mexico, which coincides with the closure of this species, trawl shrimp may not be exported for any reason until the certification is recovered."


You probably already know to boycott shrimp down here coming from the Sea of Cortez because of the blatant slaughter of the Vaquita.

 ~ From SeaFood Source: 

U.S. State Department Bans Imports Of Mexican Wild - Caught Shrimp

By, Steve Bittenbender  - 05/06/2021


BTW, if you get a chance and it is on sale, try out the frozen Argentine wild-caught shrimp, to die for. So, the question remains, will Mexico comply ? They do not like being told what to do, period. 



 A quick update on the drug war in our area:


 No es bueno... as of today, we are up to 116 executions in TIJ this month, that number includes the mysterious assassinations of two retired officers of SEDENA (unclear if they were associates of General Cienfuegos) and the fifteen killed on last Tuesday the 18th in a PERIOD OF 16 HOURS.

 Still, according to Reuban  who just returned from Cabo with Carmen...zee plane was loaded with Gringos who are obviously not fans of the State Department. (;


I'll be back with more stats, my knee is cramping up sitting here.


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Take care , I just hope the turtles are doing better: