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February 17, 2011

Successful Opening of the Photographic Exhibit in the Federal Senate, in Mexico City.

Opening of the Photographic Exhibit "Successes of Mexican Conservation"
Image provided by Ralph Lee Hopkins

The event regarding the “Successes of Mexican Conservation” in the Baja California Peninsula was very well attended. The pictures and videos of the reef captivated everyone in attendance, and the media came in great numbers to cover the event. Among a few were Televisa, TV Azteca, and newspaper Reforma.

Senator Francisco Agundis Arias member of the the Partido Verde Ecologista (Green Party), and President of the Commission for the Environment,  Natural Resources, and Fishing in the Mexican Senate, was very pleased and said that the commission has worked hard to push for a continuation of environmental success in the Baja California Peninsula.

Before cutting the ribbon, Fay Crevoshay, Director of Communications of WiLDCOAST, encouraged the Secretary of the Environment to permanently cancel the permits to build a mega-development in Cabo Pulmo that would destroy the coral reef and ultimately turn a success story into a tragedy.

Dr. Octavio Aburto, one of the two photographers of the exhibit, and a marine biologist of Scripps Institute of Oceanography, asked the Mexican Government to look into new models of sustainable tourism & development and let go of the failed models they are currently trying to implement.

The Superhero, defender of the ocean, El Hijo del Santo attended the event and interviewed with Televisa, emphatically requesting the protection of Cabo Pulmo’s Coral Reef saying, “Let’s not destroy the ocean nurseries, we have an obligation to future generations.”

The exhibit is open to the public, and is up for a month in the Senate. It then moves for two weeks in El Palacio Legislativo (legislative palace) and then hopefully move to the Natural History Museum in Chapultepec. There is also interest in bringing the exhibit to Los Mochis, and other parts of the state of Sinaloa.