We agreed with the the director of ecology of Cozumel, Rafael Chacón that we will not be spearfishing Trachinotus Falcatus (Permit) anymore in Cozumel. The law says spearfishing a Permit is legal. So you would ask yourself “Sooooooo? Why stop spearing it? It´s a great fish to hunt for and it tasts great.” Well, let me explain.
Permits (locally called Palometas) are being marked on Cozumel. Rafael as a marine biologist is highly involved in this. “Marking the Permits gives us the opportunity to obtain information. We are interested to know more about movement and migration patterns. We are studying why the Permits are in certain part of a bay and in other times of the year in other parts of that bay. Why is that? Are those Permits the same Permits? Or did they come from another bay nearby? How old does a Permit get. And more.”
When Rafael told me passionately about his project, I could not make another decision than “no más Palometa en Cozumel”, we will not shoot Permits anymore in Cozumel.
A true spearfisher(wo)man understands my reaction. It is great Rafael is doing this interesting project. Who are we that after he marks a Permit that we might shoot it to have it for dinner. There is plenty of other fish in Cozumel that is great spearing and has a great taste.
Spearfishintoday.com stands for an ecological way of fishing. You will never see us coming back with food for the whole island for the whole year. We go way further than staying within the law. This is one of the reasons Leo recently got appointed as representative for the state of Quintana Roo for the official Mexican Spearfishing Association, the AMPS (Asociacion Mexicana de Pesca Submarina, A.C.). The association copies Leo´s decision. All members do not shoot Permit in the Cozumel waters.
No More Spearing Trachinotus Falcatus (Permit) in Cozumel was last modified: September 20th, 2012 by Leo | Founder & Guide
Leo is the founder of Spearfishing Today and also the official representative of the Mexican Spearfishing Association for the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. He is FII certified, speaks English and Spanish and hunts comfortable up to 100ft. Leo is guiding spearfishing trips only on request in all Spearfishing Today locations in Mexico. He only hunts with a polespear and has a very inspiring opinion about freediving and spearfishing. Nickname: Chanoc. Most memorable catch: 27.99 kilo Cubera Snapper with polespear.
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