A Mexican fisherman died, and another one was seriously injured after their boat crashed with environmental activists’ ship. The activists were trying to stop illegal fishing in the Sea of Cortez, off Baja California.
The boat crash took place on December 31, when members of the U.S.-based environmental group Sea Shepherd were trying to remove illegal fishing nets called gillnets that had been set in a protected area near the Port of San Felipe. The Mexican government previously set up the area to protect the endangered Vaquita Porpoise, according to Breitbart news.
According to Mexico’s Proceso Magazine, the U.S. activists were on board a ship called the Farley Mowat when they allegedly rammed a small panga-style boat with two fishermen on board. However, a video published by Sea Shepherd shows the fishermen steered toward the activists’ boat causing the collision.
In a prepared statement, Sea Shepherd claimed the boat in the crash was just one of five to seven boats that tried to attack the Farley Mowat in an attempt to keep them from removing the gillnets.