The Cabo Pulmo National Park (PNCP) is a 17,571 acres Marine Protected Area (MPA) established in 1995 to protect the northern most coral read in the Eastern Pacific. It is now one of the most successful MPAs in the world.
The PNCP is one of the best examples of coastal zone protection in Mexico. Fishing is prohibited in Cabo Pulmo and the residents along with the Mexican government united forces to give new life to the reef which was at a time near extinction. According to Dr. Octavio Aburto, of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, coral reefs like the one found in Cabo Pulmo are very fragile ecosystems and nurseries essential for the populations of the ocean’s fish and other organisms.
Since the establishment of the MPA, fish populations have recuperated more than 400% which has demonstrated the effectiveness worldwide for MPAs to conserve natural marine resources. Additionally, the environmental services provided by the PNCP have been valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars. For example, the local snorkel and scuba diving industry in Cabo Pulmo is valued at $590,000 annually.
WILDCOAST has full time staff in Cabo Pulmo to promote the conservation of the coral reef among residents, visitors, tourism outfitters and government agencies. In collaboration with partner organizations and institutions, we are carrying out the following activities:
To carry out these activities, WILDCOAST is collaborating with: CONANP, The Universidad Mundial, the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Federal Zone Agency (ZOFEMATAC), the San Jose del Cabo Organic Market, Friends of the Conservation of Cabo Pulmo, Cabo Pulmo tourism outfitters, Niparaja and Pronatura Noroeste.
Our 2016 accomplishments included:
Support the conservation of 8.7 miles of beach and 370 acres of coral reef in the Cabo Pulmo National Park (CPNP).
Established a coastal conservation program in Cuba.
In Cabo Pulmo, WILDCOAST has had significant success conserving the region’s rich marine resources. Some of our most significant accomplishments include:
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