"Worrisome for everyone."
It is a rare day, and a rarer cause, that brings BeachGrit and The Inertia together but here we are. The tanned hand of “ultra hard surf candy” clutching the pale and soft paw of “the definitive voice of surfing and the outdoors” and marching south, to Mexico, where an evil fish farm, Satanic by the very definition, is threatening the historically important Ensenada break Tres Emes.
The project, already underway, will house striped bass, a non-native species, for growing and feeding until they are stuffed with enough microplastics to be served, as dinner, to American children. Their pen, on a bluff above Tres Emes, will pump brackish water right into the break though, also, block access to surfers.
Per the environmental group Nosotros y el Mar, “This project began to develop despite displacing surfers and Ensenadian citizens from the last remnant beach with free access to one of the most precious waves in Mexico. We mourn our loss and hope this report will help governments, businesses and citizens realize the social and environmental importance of beaches and fight to preserve them.”
Among the concerned local surfers is Gino Passalacqua, a Ph.D. in Oceanography who is the scientific advisor for Save the Waves. He’s worried that the pipe could be dangerous for surfers and permanently alter the wave.
“We still don’t know the exact location of the pipe and the construction methodologies that they’ll use,” said Passalacqua. “That’s really worrisome for everyone. That amount of water is definitely going to create changes in density. That could affect the dynamics of the sediment flow that creates the break. On a good day (Tres Emes) is better than Lower Trestles. Having those pipes is a risk.”
What can be done?
Heaven knows fiery missives from Zach Weisberg and co. will cause little, if any, damage.