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A 10-year analysis of Cabo Pulmo National Park found that the total amount of fish in the reserve ecosystem grew by more than 460 percent from 1999 to 2009.

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Help Save Mexico's Cabo Pulmo National Park

Dear Activist,

Cabo Pulmo National Park, located in Baja California Sur, Mexico, has been described as “the world’s healthiest marine reserve.” The park has the best-preserved coral reef in the Mexican Pacific and provides a home to whale sharks, manta rays, humpback whales and sea turtles as they migrate up and down the coast. It is a critical feeding and breeding area for at least 6,000 species.

The park was established in 1995 by the people living around Cabo Pulmo, who recognized the importance of protecting fish for their livelihoods. They enforced specific restrictions to stop the depletion of fish populations, and as a result there has been unprecedented fish recovery in the reserve. But now the park is under threat: The Mexican government has approved a proposal for a massive tourist development in this pristine stretch of the Gulf of California.

Help WWF stop this destructive project from moving forward.

Permits have already been issued for the “Cabo Cortés” urban-coastal project, allowing the construction of thousands of hotel rooms and condos, marinas, and multiple golf courses. The development of this land will be devastating for reefs, fish and other species that make their homes in Cabo Pulmo National Park.

Act Now: Sign our petition urging President Calderón to cancel the permits granted for the “Cabo Cortés” tourism complex, which would threaten the world’s healthiest marine reserve.

In addition to the negative impacts this development will have on the marine environment, the project has been authorized to extract what amounts to 100 percent of the available water from the only healthy aquifer in this desert region, regardless of the needs of local communities and the area’s increasing vulnerability to climate change and recurrent droughts. The environmental damage from the proposed development will threaten not only the Gulf of California’s ecosystems but also a tourism-based economy that is fueled by the region’s unspoiled natural beauty.

Cabo Pulmo is a clear and proven example of how conservation efforts can provide benefits to people as well as species and their habitats.

Help us protect this national park and the local communities that depend on it.

Thank you for everything you do to support conservation.


Ginette Hemley

Ginette Hemley
Senior Vice President
Conservation Strategy and Science
World Wildlife Fund

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