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Mexico Fishing Permit Regulations Confuse Anglers

Fishing in Mexico - Photo David J. Shuler

Are you aware of the new regulations in Mexico? They state that all commercial passenger vessels and private sport boats doing any recreation within 24 miles of Mexico, must have the following?

  • Obtain a Multiple Migratory Form (FMM) permit
  • Show a passport or valid ID
  • Make a tourist immigration rights payment of 294 Mexican pesos (around $23) before their trip.

These rules apply to all U.S. citizens on boats involved in recreation activities including fishing, whale-watching, scuba diving and snorkeling, according to the Mexican consulate.

Courtesy of The Log
By: Taylor Hill
posted: 8/15/2012

SAN DIEGO — Since December 2011, when the Mexican consulate issued new rules on what documentation anglers needed to fish in Mexico, U.S. citizens aboard private boats and charter fishing vessels have been navigating through a confusing sea of bureaucracy to figure out what is needed to fish in their favorite Pacific offshore waters across the border.
The new regulations state that commercial passenger vessels and private sport boats planning on recreating within 24 miles of Mexico’s coast must obtain a Multiple Migratory Form (FMM) permit, show a passport or valid ID and make a tourist immigration rights payment of 294 Mexican pesos (around $23) before their trip.According to the Mexican consulate, the rules apply to all U.S. citizens on boats involved in recreation activities including fishing, whale-watching, scuba diving and snorkeling.
The new regulation was explained in a letter from the Mexican consulate in February — but after reportedly discovering that many of the charter sportfishing vessels and party boats were not adhering to the FMM permit requirement, Mexican officials began stepping up patrols in July.

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