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October 22, 2014

YOU ARE INVITED TO A PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBIT OF BAJA CALIFORNIA’S ISLANDS OF THE PACIFIC

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Photo by Octavio Aburto

WILDCOAST and the Commission of Climate Change of the Mexican Federal Senate invite you to a photographic exhibition of Baja California’s Islands of the Pacific, to be held on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 9AM at the Senate Building, Paseo de la Reforma #135, Mexico City, Mexico.

Nine groups of islands make up Baja California’s Pacific Islands and today they remain unprotected. The proposal to create a Biosphere Reserve of the Baja California Pacific Islands includes 30 islands and their adyacent waters:  Adelaida Island, Cedros Island, The islands of Bahía Magdalena (4), Coronado Islands (2), San Benito Islands (3), San Jeronimo Island, San Martin Island , Rocas Alijos and Todos Santos  Islands(2). 

The NGO, Conservación de Islas, has researched the ecological importance of these islands, and has been pushing for the creation of a Biosphere Reserve since 2005. In 2012, WILDCOAST updated the cartography, and we are still awaiting the creation of the reserve. We are now working to pass a legislative agreement to push for the creation of the Reserve

The importance of these islands:

These islands are of extreme ecological importance, here are some of the reasons:

  • Altogether, the Islands of the Pacific have 50% more endemic species of vertebrates and plants per surfice area than the Galapagos Islands.
  • The water around the islands is highly productive. The area from Cedros Island to Magdalena Island contains the most productive fisheries in Mexico. Approximately 60,000 jobs depend on those fisheries. The high productivity is due in part to the healthy mangroves on the islands – mangroves are fish nurseries.
  • According to a study published in the magazine Proceedings by the Academy of National Science, every 2.47 acres of mangroves produce $37,500 for fishing communities
  • Mangroves are the highest sequesters of CO2, a highly important factor regarding climate change.