Isla Mujeres: The Sailfish and sport fishing

Tania Escobar Series, Voces del Mar

Sport fishing and sailfish sighting is becoming an economic alternative that contributes to the recovery of marine species.

Northeast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the Caribbean Sea, Isla Mujeres is known for its exuberant marine fauna. Fish such as marlin and sailfish form feeding aggregations, making the island one of the best places for fishing in the North Atlantic.

Initially, the lack of regulation in sport fishing tournaments led to a decline in the abundance of schools of fish, however, the recent regulation of tournaments and the growing sight-seeing activities are contributing to the recovery of marine species. The economic benefit generated by these activities complements the income of many island families and in turn reduces fishing pressure and demand in the area.