Bad Weather Caused Shortages of Fish and Seafood (El Sudcaliforniano, 1/18/13 by Gerardo Ceja García)

La Paz, BC Sur - Due to prevailing weather conditions in recent days in this capital, the fishmongers at public markets, as well as in grocery stores, have suffered low sales due to a lack of products. Similarly, providers of tourist services have been affected by the bad weather. Yesterday, at 6 o'clock in the morning the harbormaster authorized navigation for small vessels.

Tenants of public markets in La Paz, reported a decline up to 50% on sales of fish. The pierna, cochito, comber or red snapper are products that are scarce. Jovani Sánchez, at Pescadería San Jose, located in the Mercado Madero, commented that since Sunday he began to miss the fish that buyers traditionally consume. The above forced traders to increase the price of the small amount of product available.

The closure to small craft navigation affected coastal fishermen and tourist service providers; those who had not been able to sail in prevailing bad weather. Francisco León Lucero, Member of the Cooperative Society Esterito 2008 and Baja Tour Esterito Manager, said the situation undermined the little money they have, since not being able to embark they had to dip into their savings to survive. They recognized that working at sea with this climate is suicide and would be unlikely to get a good catch. Likewise, the tours offered to Isla Espíritu Santo were suspended which meant another blow to finances. León Lucero, who has been a fisherman for 45 years, said that they will seek support from the authorities.

The Head of Navigation and Maritime Port Captain, Naval Pilot Captain Luis Alonso Herrán Garibaldi, said that navigation for small boats was closed since Sunday, January 13. Captain de Puerto José Luis Hurtado, reported it was already open for the navigation of small boats yesterday so it is expected that fishermen and tourist service providers can perform their work, although he recommended precautions while surfing.

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