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  •        Make sure you watch the military personal while  they are checking your suitcases and tool boxes, get out, lock the doors, then only open one door at the time!!!.
    In order to operate a boat that carries fishing equipment in Mexican waters, it is necessary to hold a valid boat permit and personal fishing licenses for everybody aboard the boat, regardless of age and whether fishing or not. Only one rod or line with hook is permitted in the water, per person, but there is no restriction regarding the number of replacement items. This fishing license allows you to capture only fin fish. It does not allow you to capture any mollusks or crustaceans, and their capture by anyone is strictly prohibited. Totuava, turtles and marine mammals are under protection of the Ministry and may not be captured at any time. To capture bottom fish, up to four hooks on a vertical line may be used. The use of electrical reels is restricted to disabled fishermen only, after written authorization from the Ministry before use. 

    In ocean waters and estuaries the limit is a total of ten fish per day, with no more than 5 catches of a single species, except of the species of Marlin, Sailfish, Swordfish and Shark, of which only one specimen of either is allowed and which count as five of any other species, or Dorado, Roosterfish, Shad or Tarpon of which only two samples of each species are allowed and which also count as five of any other species. Limit on inland bodies of water (rivers, lakes, dams, etc.) is five fish per day, whether of a single species or in combination. Underwater fishing is limited to five fish per day, using rubber band or spring type harpoons, and only while skin diving. There is no limit to the practice of "catch and release", as long as the fish that exceeds the bag limit be returned to their environment in good survival condition. Where sportfishing is conducted from boats out at sea for longer than three days, the bag limit will be the equivalent of three times the amounts mentioned above. 
    It is illegal to capture and maintain alive any fish for ornamental purposes. It is prohibited to receive any financial gain from the product obtained through sportfishing. It is prohibited to dump trash, litter or substances that harm the aquatic flora or fauna, whether on lakes, riverbanks, or shores of oceanic waters. It is prohibited to collect shells, corals, sea anemones and snails, or to disturb the original ecosystem environment. It is prohibited to practice sportfishing 250 meters or less from swimmers. It is prohibited to use artificial lighting to attract large quantities of fish. It is prohibited to discharge firearms in Mexican waters. It is required that all unusual activities, occurrences or record catches be reported to the nearest office of the ministry of the Environment-Natural Resources and Fisheries, or to its representation in San Diego, CA., in order to ensure the preservation of natural resources for the continued enjoyment of all fishermen. 
    Fish caught under a sportfishing license may not be filleted aboard the vessel which it was caught. 
    There have been some substantial increases announced for Mexican Fishing Licenses and Boat Permits that all should be aware of. There is also a new requirement that the term of the license start on the day it is purchased rather that the time of the anticipated trip. The new prices are as follows: 
    Fishing License Prices
    1 Week - $18.75
    1 Month - $24.00
    1 Year - $31.25 

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