By Angeles Sanchez and Hiram Peña, Puerto Penasco, October 26, 2015
The Morua Estuary is a wetland of great economic, social and biological importance for the Puerto Peñasco region. Critical biological processes that occur in the esuary include the breeding and nesting of the Least Tern (Sternulla antillarum) as well as the cultivation of oysters. Because the Morua Estuary is near Puerto Peñasco, many local and foreign tourists visit the estuary to observe the wildlife and enjoy the shellfish.
With CEDO’s help a community committee was recently established to work on reviving economic and cultural development activities and promoting conservation of the Morua estuary.
The committee consists of active estuary users who have joined together to protect the estuary. The group will work to develop low-impact activities for tourists and local families and to create a long-term strategy to keep the estuary healthy. CEDO will work with the committee to identify a good conservation strategy. The committee will seek support from the city of Puerto Peñasco to publicize the tourist activities. The next step is to hold community workshops and create a program of activities for the next year.
CEDO is committed to supporting the creation of such committees and other community groups, connecting them to one another, and empowering them to work on sustainable use of key habitats, such as wetlands.
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