2013 - FOUR YEARS OF WORK PAYS OFF

Reorganization and collaboration during 2013 helped produce the first fruits of success after years of effort. Read more…

Killing Great White Sharks Now Big Business In The Sea Of Cortes

“Commercial fishing has become so difficult in the Sea of Cortez that several of the few remaining commercial fisherman are so desperate that they are now targeting the ocean’s greatest predator, the Great White Shark”

Check this gallery of great white caught in Santa Rosalia

Other White Sharks in San Ignacio Lagoon

Help Isla Espiritu Santo

Sea Watch backs campaign to modify the proposed management plan for Espiritu Santo Island to include the removal of gillnets from inshore reefs. CLICK HERE to help us by sending a letter to Conanp during a short public comment period.

Help Isla Espiritu Santo

Sea Watch backs campaign to modify the proposed management plan for Espiritu Santo Island to include the removal of gillnets from inshore reefs. CLICK HERE to help us by sending a letter to Conanp during a short public comment period.

Biosphere needs vigilance day and night.

Without vigilance, where there are fish someone will always try to kill them

Check OC 2009-2011 Data

It’s been almost three years now since OC started working in the Bay of La Paz. Check all the information about trips, hours/work, action from the authorities etc.

Click here to view the pdf file

Latest Video From "Los Islotes"

WATCH VIDEO

This video was shot at about 40 feet of the NW corner of Islotes on 10-23-11, where the Pargo (dog tooth snapper) have made a strong comeback over the last 3 years.

Help us chronical the health of the reefs in the Sea of Cortez around La Paz (Video Log)

The reefs in the sea of Cortes have undergone dramatic devastation in the last 30 years. We are creating a video log of the various reefs over time. READ MORE

You can contribute with our video log.
1. Upload your video on youtube or vimeo.
2. Add comments and description to it.
3. Send us the link to info@seawatch.org
4. We will post it as soon as possible

Shark Graveyard in San Nicolas

I recently visited the Sea of ​​Cortes. In San Nicolas, I found a lagoon near the beach, where they had accumulated hundreds of heads and skeletons of sharks and mobulas. Mainly appeared Makos.

Conapesca arrests illegal "pistolero de la noche" in Bahia Los Sueños

OCs battle to stop these extremely destructive illegal fishing techniques was helped by the federal authorities arrest of the “Lluvia Esmeralda”

Warehouse found with over 13,000 illegal pepinos (sea cucumbers)

If a dry cucumber weighed 25g then, the korean seizure was about 13.040 pieces , equivalent to 326kg

Sea Watch - The year in review

Please read the December 2010 Sea Watch newsletter – The year in review. It is surprising and uplifting to see what has happened in just one year.

Dear Friends,

There are two major problem areas that are causing the continued fisheries destruction in the Sea of Cortez.

The first concerns PELAGIC FISH and the indiscriminate use of longlines and drift gill nets. By law, sports fish, such as billfish and dorado are protected within 50 miles of the coastline, yet a new regulation (Shark Norma 029) has allowed these two destructive and indiscriminate fishing methods to move into the Sea of Cortez and to within 15 miles of the coastline. Longlines and drift gillnets now actually target these protected sports fish.

The second destructive fishery targets all REEF FISH and became the most efficient way to destroy the last of the reef fish several years ago. It utilizes hookah divers who put nets on the reef and drive fish into them doing the day and another set of divers using harpoons at night to kill sleeping reef fish (Video) Sea Watch has chosen to focus its efforts on stopping the destruction of reef fish in the Sea of Cortez by getting legislation passed banning hookah and helping develop a vigilance and enforcement arm that is overseen by the civil society.

Sincerely,
Mike McGettigan, Founder, Seawatch

Old Websites for Archival Information (pdf)

Seawatch 1st Site (1994) 5.4MB
Seawatch 2nd Site (2000) 16MB

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