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Mexico is cracking down on U.S. boaters who venture into its waters

By LA Times — last modified Jul 30, 2015 10:43 AM
Without a fence to mark the international boundary, crossing by boat from San Diego into Mexico might seem deceptively easy. But San Diego sport fishermen and others drawn to the waters off Baja California should take heed: Mexico's federal government has been stepping up inspections, checking for passports, tourist permits, fishing permits and other documents.

Published: 2015-07-25 23:00:00
Countries: Mexico , USA

As reported by the LA Times.

Until now, violators have been issued warnings and told to turn around. But this week, the Mexican government announced its intention to crack down on violators. That could mean boats being towed to Ensenada for an administrative process and immediate deportation of the crew and passengers.

Although violators won't face charges, "it will be an inconvenience," said María de los Remedios Gómez Arnau, head of the Mexican Consulate in San Diego.

The warning is being issued through Mexican consulates across California, and as far as western Canada and Arizona, and states that the "Mexican Navy and immigration authorities are strengthening their presence in Mexican waters."

According to Mexico's federal government, 40,000 to 50,000 tourist vessels cross into Mexico each year, many for fishing but others for other activities such as racing or cruising.

Although fishing permits long have been required, the federal government has more recently been asking foreign visitors to comply with Mexican immigration regulations, requiring them to carry passports and tourist permits when inside the country's territorial waters, within 12 miles of the coastline. Known as an FMM, the visitor permit costs about $21.

Continue reading this news item at http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-fishing-regulations-20150727-story.html

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Chainplate
Chainplate says:
Jul 30, 2015 10:29 AM

So, for a boater from Southen California who wants to cruise the northern Mexican waters, eg, the Coronados islands, one would first have to go to Ensenada to clear in, then go back north to the Coronado iSlands, then go back south to Ensenada to clear out and then go back north to get home. Tourist permits are no,longer available from embassies or consulates.

I am very curious about the number of boats going to Mexico. 40,000 to 50,000? That sounds like an awful lot of boats. Even 4,000 to 5,000 sounds like a lot to me.

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