Monday, December 6, 2010

Mexican Shark Decline

Shark Diver Magazine Blog

Holbox Island was once a shark fisherman's paradise. Everyone on the island used to fish for sharks. In the 50's and 60's, they would sell the shark oil, in the 70's, it was their skin and oil, the vendors were after, in the mid 80's and above, it was the fins. Now the vendors want the entire shark. The 'coyote', that is the name of the guy who purchases sharks on the island. He takes the sharks and the sharks ultimately end up getting cut up and sold to different countries in Florida. Nice! Of course the islanders are not fishing for sharks anymore. They decimated the entire population of local and migratory sharks, to the point that the island can only sustain 3 to 4 shark fishermen now.

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