Vaquita, Where Do We Go From Here?

This Spring, in Tucson, CEDO is co-hosting a free, public lecture series in collaboration with the University of Arizona’s Desert Ecology Lab on Tumamoc Hill, titled “La Vaquita Marina (Phocoena sinus), The World’s Most Endangered Marine Mammal - Where do we go from Here?” Peggy Turk Boyer, CEDO’s Executive Director, opened the first lecture by recalling [...]

CEDO & The Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020)

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), known informally as the Biodiversity Convention, is a multilateral treaty for the conservation of our planet's biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources. Isla San Jorge, sometimes called "bird island" by Americans, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site [...]

Fishing for the Future of Mexico’s Coastal Communities

At CEDO we feel strongly that promoting the well-being of regional fishing communities in diverse ways is the best, and perhaps only way to ensure that healthy marine and coastal ecosystems continue to provide us with services like lucrative commercial fisheries, beautiful tourist beaches, biological diversity, climate change mitigation and many others. With this guiding principal, [...]

2018-10-22T11:07:50-07:00August 14th, 2018|Peñasco-Lobos Biological Corridor|

A Message of Hope for Fishermen is Needed in the northern Gulf of California

In April of 2015, with the reduction of the vaquita population to under 100 individuals as a direct result of gill-netting, the Mexican government declared a temporary suspension of this gear-type in the entire Upper Gulf of California (DOF 2015). More recently, in a last-ditch attempt to prevent further vaquita deaths, U.S. non-government environmental groups [...]

World Oceans Day, 2018, A Toast to the Ocean

By: Socorro González Barajas and Alan Ruiz Berman World Oceans Day is a day of recognition instated by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2009, and is being celebrated on June 8-9, 2018. CEDO will be at the Arizona -Sonoran Desert Museum on June 9th to speak about our work at their World [...]

2018-06-01T17:35:33-07:00May 21st, 2018|CEDO News, Climate Change, Environmental Education|

A Community Effort to Study and Protect the Least Tern

By Angeles Sánchez, Eleazar López, Paloma Valdivia and Alan Ruiz Berman. The least tern (Sternula antillarum) is a protected species of sea bird in Mexico (NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010) and in the U.S. by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This small, white, fancy-flying bird migrates in April, all the way from South America to the northern Gulf of [...]

Baby Dace All Over the Place!

By Alan Ruiz Berman, Paloma Valdivia and CEDO collaborator Dennis Caldwell. The Río Sonoyta is a tributary of the Colorado River system that spans across the border from southern Arizona to northern Sonora, Mexico, historically emptying into the Gulf of California near Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point). Once an important freshwater ecosystem, it has all but [...]

Studying Cetaceans in the Peñasco to Lobos Corridor

Recently, CEDO invited Mexican researchers and students to be part of our Puerto Peñasco - Puerto Lobos Corridor Marine Spatial Planning Program, by contributing their collaborative research with local fishermen to identify and describe the spatial and temporal presence of whales and dolphins in this area. At Mexico’s most famous school for marine biology, the [...]