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Red tide alarm in eastern Yucatan has fishermen on alert

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The first reports of a patch of red tide on the Yucatecan coast are beginning to cause alarm in eastern ports, so fishing leaders ask to be “cautious” since a red tide has not yet been confirmed.

Directors of the Federation of Fishing Cooperatives of Eastern Yucatan affirm that there is still no risk for the coast or the fishing union.

However, two days ago, a fishing businessman from Río Lagartos warned that fishermen had reported patches of red tide more than 50 miles away and that they were even “chasing” marine species, which meant having to go further away for longline activity.

On Wednesday, June 12, personnel from the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (Conanp) and the Port Captaincy denied having a report about a red tide, or at least not on 12 miles off shore.

For his part, Francisco Avilés Erosa, president of the Federation of Fishing Cooperatives of Eastern Yucatan, pointed out that there is still no verdict on the red tide on the coast since biological studies are just about to be done.

“There is no reason to cause alarm, we have to be cautious because this could affect our fishing activity, we depend on that,” he expressed.

The fishing leader pointed out that what they know, according to reports from seamen, is that it is far from the ports and that so far there has been no fish mortality.

He warns that the stain could be caused by seaweed that is in a state of decomposition due to the rains, so they are waiting for the biologists’ report in the coming days.

TYT Newsroom

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