As with many of the great new responsible hunting groups, sport fishermen and big NGO's are really having an effect...The Revillagigedos have pretty much been off limits for fishing for awhile. Some of the long range boats out of San Diego used to make trips there for massive yellowfin tuna, 300 lb. + cows. They would hit Cabo on the way back and you could fly home from there. Expensive trips, but some of the most spectacular tuna fishing in the world. I think it's good that they've expanded it for protection... but it isn't the sporties out of San Diego that they need to worry about. Two words and you KNOW I'm telling the truth: Japs and Chinese. Enforcement will be key and unless they've got a Mexican destroyer out there near constantly, the Japanese will still rape it.
Years ago, we hired a guide to take us beach fishing along both the Sea of Cortez side and the Pacific side north of Cabo. Something I had always wanted to do and the guy had a beat up old Chevy Blazer that would go anywhere we wanted and he knew the areas well. He took us to one beach near a point on the Sea of Cortez side where there was a large wrecked ship, pretty rusted out and buried in the sand, mostly, but you could tell it was some kind of commercial fishing boat at one time. We asked what had happened. He told us a story (Truth? I don't know, but seemed very plausible). At one point, the Japanese trawlers were coming into the Sea of Cortez and raping the place of everything. The locals got really pissed because their livelihoods were disappearing right before their eyes. So, they devised a plan to deal with the issue themselves. They built a fake lighthouse much further inland than the one that was on the point, then they simply turned off the one on the point and lit the one inland. Supposedly three Japanese trawlers ran aground and wrecked before they caught onto the fake lighthouse. Makes sense, GPS wasn't around in those days, charts of the area were sketchy at best, and there simply weren't the electronics modern fishing boats have today for communication and navigation. Apparently, the whole thing caused an international incident of sorts which eventually ended with the Jap trawlers being banned from the Sea of Cortez altogether. Like I said, don't know how true it is, but it was a great story!
While there are still many issues, things ARE getting better. It was at its bleakest when this article was written in 2002.