World renowned marine cinematographer, Howard Hall of Howard Hall Productions returns to the Gulf of California / Sea of Cortez, 25 years after filming BBC and PBS documentary ‘Shadows in a Desert Sea’.
During the 21 day trip, Howard found that locations that were once world class dive sites were now devoid of much of the marine life that once flourished …… the schools of hammerhead sharks that once graced El Bajo sea mount were no where to be seen. The large schools of pargo that once occupied the north end of Espiritu Santo were depleted. The dense gorgonian forests that once decorated the rocks of Las Animas were no longer dense forests.
Where will it all end?
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.
Donate to our cause
By donating to Sea Watch, you can directly contribute to the great awareness work of Espiritu Santo es Parte de Ti or the highly effective vigilance efforts of RED Observatorio Ciudadano. You can donate by credit/debit card, Paypal or by sending a cheque to our registered mailing address. Visit our donate page for more details by clicking the donate button.