The Seri today operate a commercial fishing cooperative. Around 1960 the Mexican government helped them to establish it by providing initial capital for boats, motors, nets, and other equipment. This venture has met with moderate success in spite of the increasing scarcity of Gulf fishes and greater competition for what is available. The sea turtle, now an endangered species, is hunted seasonally for sale. The Seri, however, have obtained special permission to hunt turtle for their own consumption at any time of the year because of the important role it has played in their diet and in their culture at large.