The nuclear no take zone at Bonanza is anything but that. It is a popular first stop for sports boats coming from La Paz
Here are the pictures taken in the Nuclear Zone at La Bananza May 8th at 8:50 AM local time. There were 5 local sports boats fishing there that morning during the 30 minutes we were watching. They are fishing there most mornings as it is the first point they stop after coming from La Paz. There is also a picture of the Nuclear zone the fishing boats were violating. We tried calling Guardaparque (Conanp) several times and got no answer. We also dove that whole Nuclear no take zone the day before and found nothing nothing in that whole area except a few small reef fish, no parrot fish, no pargo, or cabrilla bigger than ½ lb. It is a dead zone with no resemblance to a protected no take zone. We have video if you want it.
How you can help
There are several ways that you can help us to secure a healthy future for the Espiritu Santo Archipelago.
Think about what you consume from the ocean
In particular, consider avoiding species of fishes that directly maintain the health of the reefs by grazing on algae while keeping it in natural balance with the ecosystem. These include parrotfish and surgeon fish.
Report any illegal or suspicious activities
Ecotourism captains and guides and general boaters are a great tool in the fight against illegal fishing practices. If you encounter any activities that you believe to be illegal or suspicious, try to obtain photographic and/or video evidence of the acts. Attempt to capture recognizible landmarks in the frame so there is no doubt as to where the activities were observed and also record the GPS coordinates. You can send the information to RED Observatorio Ciudadano or to us here at Sea Watch and we will ensure it goes through the proper channels.
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