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December 03, 2010

Saving Gray Whales in Magdalena Bay

Local fishermen turned whale watching guides
Image provided by Fernando Ochoa

This December WiLDCOAST staff is working in Baja’s Magdalena Bay training local fishermen turned whale watching guides on the best practices to safely take tourists to view Mexico’s “friendly whale” and at the same time minimize harm to these marine mammals.

Since 2008 WiLDCOAST, in partnership with ISLA, A.C. has worked to develop a community-based educational program to reduce the disturbances and risks for gray whales improve the quality of whale-watching services.

This builds upon our successful work to help train whale watching outfitters in San Ignacio Lagoon and helps to coordinate an innovative program to help boat-drivers obtain eco-loans to purchase fuel efficient and quiet four-stroke outboard engines.   

In addition to helping local residents improve their ability to benefit from the growing ecotourism industry, WiLDCOAST is working with the Mexican government to help preserve tens of thousands of acres of barrier islands, mangroves, and stunningly beautiful bay shoreline.