January 2017 Baja Bulletin

FMM Price Increase

Mexico increased the price of FMM tourist permits on January 1,2017. Discover Baja will be selling the prepaid FMM tourist permits for $35. For more information, please see our FMM Tourist Permit Page.

 

pemex bajaGas Price Increases and Protests

On January 1, 2017 gas prices rose around all of Mexico as a part of the deregulation of Mexico’s fuel industry. The price increases sparked protests around the country, including areas of Baja. Conditions are changing daily with gas shortages and road blocks in certain areas in northern Baja. You can find the lates conditions on our Road Conditions Page. Gas prices are varying around the peninsula but increased to about $3.60/gallon for premium, $3.40/gallon for magna, and $3.65/gallon for diesel (prices converted to U.S. dollars).

 

911 Now the Emergency Number for the Entire Peninsula

On January 9, 2017, the state of Baja California Sur switched from 066 to 911 as the emergency phone number. The state of Baja California (norte) already made the switch in October 2016. All of Mexico will be switching to 911 by the middle of 2017. 066 and 089 will continue to operate while the switch to 911 is being made nationwide.

 

Baja’s New Pacific Islands Biosphere Reserve

Mexico has three new biosphere reserves that were designated by President Enrique Peña Nieto in December 2016. One of these, The Pacific Islands Biosphere Reserve is a 2.7-million acre area off the coast of Northern Baja that includes the Coronado Islands. Fishing will be allowed (without the use of trawling gear) outside the highly-protected core zones consistent with UN General Assembly resolutions.

 

img_2411DBTC Holiday Fiesta Recap

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate our 25th anniversary at the DBTC holiday fiesta! We enjoyed a special afternoon with tacos, craft beer, photo booth fun, and great company with lots of Baja authors and special friends. A special thanks to DBTC member Gene Chaffin and his BNS Brewing & Distilling Co. for the awesome craft beer. If you missed the party, you can check them out at their impressive brewery and tasting room in Santee. We hope to see you all again next year!

 

New Rules for Boat TIP Renewals

There are new rules regarding renewals for temporary importation permits for boats. The permit now goes along with the boat, not the owner. Each 10 year permit can only be renewed one additional time, meaning that each boat can only ever have two permits in its lifetime—a maximum of 20 years. For more information about temporary boat importation permits, please see our Boat TIP Page.

 

Navy-Trained Dolphins Will Help Save the Last of the Vaquitas

The U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program will join the efforts to help save the last of the vaquita porpoise in the Sea of Cortez this spring. Trained dolphins will help to locate the vaquita so that they can be placed in a protective area to encourage reproduction. The vaquita are the smallest and most-endangered porpoise. They are nearing extinction because they get caught in the nets and die during illegal fishing for the totoaba fish (their swim bladder is considered a delicacy in China). It is estimated that there are currently less than 50 vaquitas left.

 

La Trinidad Restaurant Burns Down

La Trinidad Restaurant in La Ribera burned down in a fire on December 18, 2016. For those who knew Felipe and Marcela who ran the restaurant and would like to help them recover some of their loses and hopefully start a new restaurant in a different location, there’s a Go Fund Me campaign set up for their benefit.

 

 

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