SEAWATCH LATEST PROJECT – NOW OR NEVER FOR THE SEA OF CORTES
For the last 30 years the Sea of Cortez has seen it’s reefs and reef fisheries decline at an alarming rate. It continues today in spite of tens of millions of dollars spent trying to stop the declines. There is only one place in the entire sea of Cortes that stopped and reversed the declines. 20 years ago the citizens of Cabo Pulmo took things into their own hands and with a community wide commitment to stop the illegal fishing practices (Pistoleros and encerradores) that were killing the reefs and provide 24 hour vigilance to make sure that happened, they reversed the declines and the fish recovery has been spectacular (Cabo Pulmo 2015). No where else has that happened until now and it’s happening in a big city where many said it couldn’t be done and on the most beautiful Island Archipelago in all the Sea of Cortes – Archipelago Espiritu Santo outside La Paz.