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April 14, 2014

CABO PULMO NATIONAL MARINE PARK IN DANGER

WILDCOAST ONCE AGAIN IS WORKING TO PROTECT ONE OF NORTH AMERICA'S MOST IMPORTANT MARINE ECOSYSTEMS
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El Hijo del Santo, Judith Castro and Fay Crevoshay in Mexico City

In a Press Conference in Mexico City, El Hijo del Santo, Judith Castro, a resident of Cabo Pulmo, and Fay Crevoshay, Communications and Policy Director of WILDCOAST asked the Mexican Executive to defend the coral reef at Cabo Pulmo from a massive coastal tourism and real-estate development.

The new mega-resort project, now called “Cabo Dorado,” is proposed for the exact same spot where the Cabo Cortés and Los Perícues developments were planned. The project would include 22,503 rooms distributed over 9 hotels and condos, threatening Cabo Pulmo’s fragile coral reef.

National Geographic has called Cabo Pulmo the most robust reserve in the planet. It has the largest coral reef system in the Gulf of California and is home to more than 260 species, including manta rays, sharks and sea turtles. The reef is a critical stop for migratory marine life suchas as humpback whales.

“We were so happy in June 2012 when then President Calderón cancelled Cabo Cortes," said Serge Dedina, WILDCOAST Executive Director.

"They are planning a 180,000 residents tourist city, three golf courses and marinas at the edge of a national park, and calling it 'sustainable', said Fay Crevoshay. "We know that it will slowly but surely destroy the reef."

"We hope the Secretary of the Environment (SEMARNAT) will protect the reef,” said Dedina.