Legendary diver and explorer Jacques Cousteau once described Mexico’s Sea of Cortez (or the Gulf of California) as "the aquarium of the world," home to a tremendous array of marine life. Perhaps nowhere is this more true than the Midriff Islands, an uninhabited archipelago located in the Sea of Cortez’s central region that has a nickname of its own: "the Galapagos of the Northern Hemisphere.” Whales, whale sharks, sea lions, jumping mobula rays and five species of endangered sea turtles can all be found in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sadly, the Midriff Islands’ abundant reefs and thriving marine habitat attract illegal and unsustainable fishing practices, which threaten their continued protection.
That’s why WildAid and partners are taking our proven marine protection model to Mexico. With the support of Helmsley Charitable Trust, Pronatura Noroeste, the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature and Niparaja, we will soon embark on a full assessment of the Midriff Islands marine protected area, which will guide how to create a comprehensive control and vigilance plan for the region.
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