Ten years ago, Cabo Pulmo was the home of Mexico’s only national marine reserve. In 1995, the waters offshore from Cabo Pulmo were designated by the Mexican government as the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, to protect a coral reef that, while teeming with marine life, was also home to fewer species and less marine biodiversity than it had been just a few decades earlier. The cause? Unsustainable and unregulated sport and commercial fishing in the area of the East Cape.
In ten short years, the amount of fish at Cabo Pulmo increased 460%, to a level similar to remote pristine coral reefs that have never been fished. Conservation doesn’t always have to be big and flashy to be successful.
Surrounded by the tranquil waters of the Sea of Cortez, Cabo Pulmo is the only living coral reef system from Alaska to the Chilean coast. The Marine Park covers 45.75 square miles, where you will find more than 220 different species of colorful tropical and semi tropical fish and ancient petrified corals, some of them 25,000 years old. Fishing is not allowed in Cabo Pulmo, but you can experience its beauty and amazing marine life via sea kayaking, snorkeling, or scuba diving.
Baja Good Life News contributor Timothy Hurst recounts the astonishing change he witnessed from his first to his most recent visit to Cabo Pulmo in his September 19, 2011 article “Big Time Marine Conservation Success in Small Time Mexico.”
Contact us for more information on excursions to Cabo Pulmo during your next visit to Los Cabos.