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MEXICALI - The federal representative in Baja California of the Environmental Protection Agency, Alfonso Blancafort, denied the program to protect the vaquita marina implemented by the federal government is a failure, in spite of the economic and social problems it created in San Felipe, while not achieving an increase in the probability of the survival of the species, which is in danger of extinction.

Regarding the hunger strike by the leader of the Federation of Coastal Fishermen, Sunshine Rodríguez Peña, as well as the disturbances where a vehicle at the federal offices was burned, he opined that violence is not acceptable and maintained that the fishermen in the Santa Clara area are in a dialogue with authorities to continue to fishermen's compensation program.

"We reject any violence by the person or entity which generates it. He have been very attentive to the people of Santa Clara and with the people of San Felipe we have talked with them about what actions will be the principle actions taken in the corvina fishing season, about the areas where they can fish," he said.

He said that Conapesca has authorized payments to those fishermen who present identification and legal permits for their activities, in the areas where it was decided it was unprofitable to fish due to the limitations placed by the fishing ban.

He admitted that according to studies carried out by international organization, from 2016 to the present, the population of vaquitas has dropped in half, and they calculate there are only 30 vaquitas in existence.