We were just up in the San Marcos Island area with National Geographic filming the shark camps. The panga longliners were there from Guaymas. We got aboard one of their boats and filmed for a while and talked with them. They had up to 14 boats working the area and were taking 7 to 14 tons of dorado (also mahi-mahi or dolphinfish) per day. They said they had pretty well fished out that area and would be moving shortly. Dorado are unloaded onto the shrimpers in the area fishing squid and then returned to Guaymas.
The shark fishermen in the bay said they had requested help from the Navy, Pesca and Profepa and were told there would be no help, even though the boats could be seen from shore.
There were 4 to a maximum of 14 Guaymas pangas working the Isla San Marcos area. The fisherman said the 14 were supported by 4 shrimpers. The two we saw and filmed one morning were 3 1/2 miles northeast of north tip of San Marcos. Navy said they wouldn't bother pangas, but to let them know if the mother boats were there.
The boats were getting 10 pesos a kilo and were making 500 to 1000 dollars per day. Most of the fish, 80 percent that we saw, were small about 10 to 12 pound females. We saw them bring in about 15-20 fish while we were there, July 9, 2005, 12:12 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.