San Jorge Bay Fishermen Become Local Sea Lion Stewards 

The Sea Lion Monitoring Group For the past seven years, a group of artisanal fishermen from the San Jorge Bay region of the northern Gulf of California, have been monitoring and actively promoting the conservation of the California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) population on the Island of San Jorge (Bird Island), one of the largest [...]

Vaquita Marina Rescue, News From The Field

Today marks the first day of a historical effort to prevent the extinction of the world’s smallest and most endangered cetacean, the Gulf of California harbor porpoise, Phocoena sinus, commonly known as the vaquita marina, or little sea cow. Rafael Pacciano Alamán, Mexican Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), arrived a few days ago in the [...]

Renewed Energy to Save Vaquita By Peggy J. Turk Boyer

Gillnets will no longer be allowed in vaquita’s primary habitat in the northern Gulf of California.  Accidental capture of vaquita in these nets has been the principal cause of mortality for this endangered porpoise, whose population has dwindled to less than 30 animals. As of June 30th, 2017, the temporary ban of these nets [...]

2017-07-13T16:37:35+00:00 July 13th, 2017|Upper Gulf - Vaquita and Totoaba|

New Goals for Wetland Conservation

 By Hiram Peña, Assistant Director This January, we concluded a 4-year project with the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature (Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza, FMCN). During this time we worked with several community groups in two of the largest wetlands in the region: Bahía Adair and Bahía San Jorge. We [...]

2017-05-22T15:36:48+00:00 March 31st, 2016|Peñasco-Lobos Biological Corridor|

Coastal-Marine Spatial Planning and Integrated Management

Author: Hiram Peña, Assistant Director For several years there has been a decrease in the abundance of marine resources and the reduction in size of some species, especially groupers, sharks and rays, and benthic resources such as rock scallop. This decrease highlights the need to stop the exploitation of these resources and safeguard ecological processes [...]

2017-05-22T15:37:08+00:00 January 21st, 2016|Peñasco-Lobos Biological Corridor|

Fisherman Exchange Experiences

Author: Hiram Peña, Assistant Director For several years there has been a decrease in the abundance of marine resources and the reduction in size of some species, especially groupers, sharks and rays, and benthic resources such as rock scallop. This decrease highlights the need to stop the exploitation of these resources and safeguard ecological processes [...]