The question is basic: Does Mexico want U.S. boats to fish their waters? At this point, the answer is clearly “no,” after this latest round of confusion.
There are more questions than answers intertwined around the issue, and until meetings occur between both governments it’s impossible to predict the outcome. Yet within these questions are interesting facts. Facts that seem to go against U.S. and Mexico working together.
The Port of Ensenada is the sister port to San Diego. As such, the two ports are supposed to facilitate commerce. But there doesn’t seem to be any facilitation.
It all comes down to if Mexico wanted to help on the issue, they could. So could the U.S. State Department.
The big picture — not the one viewed through the lens of an angler who fishes Mexico — is that it’s an issue that involves agencies from the two governments to work together. Sources close to WON say that senators and legislators are starting to catch wind of the issue, but “… it’s going to take a while for them to get involved.”
In the meantime, there is massive confusion as to how to get the FMM, where to get it and why the Mexican government is making it so hard to get the FMM which, at one point, used to be obtainable right at the Consulate General’s Office in San Diego.
The solution involves U.S. boats not having to touch a Mexican port. As it stands now, it looks as though the agenda is to make it so tough for U.S. boats to enter Mexico from U.S. ports that U.S. boaters have to work out of Mexico.
Meetings this week between parties ranging from the Port of San Diego to Consulate General will discuss the issue.
The bottom line from where anglers stand is that going into Ensenada on each and every trip, which is now required, is logistically impossible.
In the meantime, U.S. sportboats will be outside the 24-mile zone that separates the territorial waters of Mexico. And limited private boaters will keep fishing the Coronados. That is until the Mexican Navy asks for the FMM forms. Again.