By Paloma Valdivia, Education & Outreach Coordinator and Efraín Wong López Cuellar, Education Assistant
On April 23 took place the award ceremony for our 20th Environmental Contest. After two months or hard working, students from 10 different communities of the Upper Gulf of California, gathered in our Field Station in Rocky Point to celebrate. The main theme was Fishing for Future: The Ecosystem is the Key where more than 500 students and teachers submitted their proposals to a jury conformed by authorities and sponsors of the Contest.
Each year we focus in a different topic but for the last three years we have been focused in the Fisheries Management since this is one of the main activities and one of the most problematic in the region. The drop in the fisheries stock locally and worldwide as well as the ecosystem deterioration mainly as the result of the lack of control of human activities was the main reason to address this issue. Some endemic species like totoaba and vaquita are in seriously endangered, counting less than 50 vaquitas in the last census made early this year.
This is the first time that we team with other organizations to achieve greater impact and that was the case with The San Diego Zoo with whom we have decided to work together and look forward to doing it later. CEDO has over 35 years generating knowledge and carry out conservation actions and responsible use of natural resources in the region and the Environmental Contest has been a way to stay in touch with youth of Rocky Point and the Upper Gulf of California, creating awareness and growing up future men and women responsible with the environment.
CEDO ‘s Environmental Contest ended with a festival to commemorate World Earth Day which involved artists from Puerto Peñasco and other communities. CEDO thanks the Disney Conservation Fund, the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, June Woodman, Municipal Government of Puerto Peñasco, Las Conchas Neighborhood Association and our sponsors.