Buying Protected Fishies Is a No-No!
The new Selecto Super Chedraui supermarket inside the Puerto Paraiso Mall is selling Parrot Fish, a protected species in Mexico since 2018. Parrot Fishies are critical to the health of ocean reef formations as they eat the weed and algae that asphyxiate coral with excess of proteins. Other local markets are also randomly selling Orange Groupers (Epinephelus coioides), which are not protected, but very rare, with a status of “Near Threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Local ecologists will report this to the proper authorities. Do not buy Parrot Fish!
I will send it to the Baja Poney Express of Los Barriles
Chedraui in La Paz is doing the same in spite of the fact they signed a promise two or three years ago that they would not sell parrotfish to try to stop the pistoleros shooting over 500 kg of parrotfish illegally at night around Espiritu Santo. It was part of the programme to protect the area and grazing fish from being caught illegally. It is hoped that there will be very good news very soon about the overall and official protection of these fish and others very soon.