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July 16, 2013

La Playita Cleanup in San Jose del Cabo

In collaboration with other institutions
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On July 13th, WILDCOAST conducted a beach a cleanup at La Playita in San Jose del Cabo, in collaboration with the Universidad Mundial (UM), the federal zone authority, and staff of the Cabo San Lucas Area of Protected Flora and Fauna (APFF). La Playita is located adjacent to the San Jose estuary, the largest wetland area in the Cape region and the site of the recently built Marina Puerto Los Cabos.  La Playita locals, visitors from surrounding towns and tourists frequent the beach for its superb fishing and beauty but trash accumulation is a growing concern.

Approximately 50 people, including 25 volunteer university students, participated in the cleanup. We collected a large amount of solid waste on the beach, consisting of primarily plastic and glass bottles that were spread all by a recent tropical storm. In total, WILDCOAST volunteers removed 40 bags of trash, preventing the waste from entering the ocean and impacting the region’s unique marine and coastal wildlife.

Mexico’s National Commission for Protected Natural Areas (CONANP) supported the cleanup with plastic bags and rakes to collect the trash.  Ten people from the federal zone authority participated and provided with vehicles to relocate the trash to a proper disposal site.

We would like to thank Lic. Ana González Cuéllar, the Cabo San Lucas APFF director María Jossué Navarro Sánchez, CONANP and the Municipal federal zone coordinator in Los Cabos, Lic. Salvador Solorio Ceseña for making the cleanup a possibility. .

WILDCOAST plans on bimonthly cleanups at La Playita.

For more information please contact Sofia Gomez at sofia@costasalvaje.com

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