"MEXICO CITY — A gang of dozens of fishermen overturned inspectors' trucks, burned or destroyed 15 vehicles and patrol boats, and beat three inspectors from the office for environmental protection in a town on Mexico's Gulf of California.
The fishermen were angered by Mexico's attempt to save the vaquita porpoise by banning some types of net fishing in the Gulf —also known as the Sea of Cortez — where only about 30 of the elusive animals are believed to survive.
The office said Thursday the inspectors managed to escape after the attack on Wednesday, but that criminal charges were being filed. The attacks were directed against personnel and property of the office for environmental protection, the country's fisheries council, and the commission for protected natural areas.
Fishermen lured by Chinese demand for the swim bladder of a fish known as the totoaba, which inhabits the same waters as the vaquita, have decimated the porpoise population."