Celebrating 17 Years
Seventeen years ago Serge Dedina, co-founder of WILDCOAST, set out to protect some of the most beautiful and biologically significant coastal areas in the Californias and Latin America. Today, the organization's groundbreaking conservation projects and innovative campaigns have been reported on by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, BBC, NBC, National Public Radio, Reforma, Televisa, CBS News, Associated Press and National Geographic. For more history and significant achievements click here.
We will keep conserving special wild places including: Baja’s Pacific Islands Biosphere Reserve, a brand new 2.7 million-acre wildlife reserve offshore from Baja’s Pacific coast, that we advocated for over the past five years; Laguna San Ignacio, a pristine gray whale birthing lagoon where we have helped to conserve 450,000-acres of habitat; Magdalena Bay, a lagoon that provides sanctuary for gray whales in Baja, where this year we helped to conserve over 182 miles of shoreline and 3,709-acres of mangrove islands; Morro Ayuta beach in Oaxaca, where our team is busy protecting the more than 600,000 Olive Ridley sea turtles that nest there each year; and the coast of California, where we are leading the effort to manage over 500,000 acres of marine protected areas that are home to elephant seals, gray whales, black sea bass, green sea turtles and the elusive leopard shark.
In 2017, working in partnership with local communities and the Mexican government we will protect islands, reefs, and mangrove ecosystems as well as involve local fishing families in conservation endeavors that provide a sustainable lifeways for people whose lives are intertwined with coral reefs and mangroves treasures.
Thanks to your generous past support, WILDCOAST is carrying out concrete actions to protect these stunningly beautiful wildlife-filled places for generations to come. However, due to climate change, resource piracy, overfishing and pollution, our work is needed more than ever.
WILDCOAST has demonstrated its relevance more than ever by being strategic, smart, passionate and relentless about our need to conserve coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife. We cannot do this important work to preserve our coastal heritage without your help. We depend on donors, volunteers, interns and the community at large to support our conservation efforts. Please help ensure the ocean and its amazing wildlife will still be there for generations to come. Stay connected by subscribing to our email newsletter, check out our online communities and please donate.
Serge Dedina, Executive Director