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January 27, 2011

WiLDCOAST’s Communications Team Traveled with Televisa Network

Fay Crevoshay

WiLDCOAST’s Fay Crevoshay and Veronica Rangel traveled with Sissi Cancino of Mexico’s Televisa network to Bahia Magdalena in Baja California Sur, Mexico to document the natural wonders of one of Mexico’s largest mangrove wetlands.

Upon their arrival in La Paz, they had the unexpected opportunity to film whale sharks with Dr. Octavio Aburto of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. “It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever experienced,” said Wildcoast Televisa reporter Sissi Cancino . “These are 25-foot fish that swim with their mouths wide open feeding on plankton. I’ll never forget it.” 

Whale sharks also feed and spawn off of the Cabo Pulmo Coral Reef, which makes our efforts to protect the reef from the planned development by Hansa Urbana so critical.

In Bahia Magdalena, the WiLDCOAST team went out in blue waters of the bay todocument the ecological importance of mangroves that thrive in the intersection of land and sea. Mexico contains the third largest coverage of mangroves in the world and Bahia Magdalena is one of the Mexico’s cornerstones with two-thirds  the mangrove coverage in Baja California.

Mangroves make Bahia Magdalena a very productive bay. It produces 70% cent of all commercial fisheries of the state of Baja California Sur.  These funky trees provide habitat and feeding grounds not only for fish, but also birds, sea turtles, marine and terrestrial mammals and crustaceans, while preventing coastal erosion and protecting the land from swell, tidal, storm activity and potential sea level rise. They are important for fighting global climate change too, by being some of the best sequesters of carbon on the planet.

Despite the significant ecosystem services that mangroves provide, they are under constant threat worldwide. Mangroves are chopped down for aquaculture, land reclamation for the development of hotels, condos and golf courses, and are lost to deforestation and urban run-off. 

“With the help of Televisa and our conservation partners throughout Mexico we hope to help discourage the illegal harvesting of mangroves in Mexico and encourage reforestation efforts”, sais Fay Crevoshay, communications director at WiLDCOAST.

A special thanks to our partners in Bahia Magdalena and Dr. Alfonso Aguirre, Dr. Octavio Aburto and Alfonso Barroso for their help on our expedition. 

The Televisa series will appear in the morning news magazine Primero Noticias and on Foro TV, Saturday evening nationally in Mexico.