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Free Content Artificial Reefs: An Alternative to Enhance Mexican Littoral Commercial Fisheries

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The use of artificial reefs has been officially ignored in Mexico except for a few isolated cases. Fishermen are aware of the benefits of solid structures on flat bottoms and frequently sink car bodies, tree branches and any structure they can move on their outboard boats to create fishing banks. Reef locations are kept secret and some fishermen use LORAN to locate their fishing grounds. In Campeche, a program to enhance littoral commercial fisheries has been started with the sinking of 25 shrimp trawlers (20 wooden and 5 metal). Three more reef areas will be developed. The first has been started with car and truck tires. It has been planned to cover an area of 2.500 m2, at an estimated cost of $273,168,961 million pesos (U.S. $54,698 dollars) for each reef, with a total cost of $1,365,844,805 ($273,491 dollars) for the five reefs.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1994-09-01

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