Nature Is Our Treasure

The conservation of a treasured coral reef nourishes fish populations and a growing ecotourism industry.

Cabo Pulmo sits on the Gulf of California about 60 miles north of the well-known tourist area, Los Cabos.

Cabo Pulmo was once primarily a fishing village. Juan Castro Montaño shows photos of himself as a young man with his catch.

Cabo Pulmo is home to the only coral reef in the Gulf of California. In 1995, the community helped establish the Cabo Pulmo National Park.

The community has gradually turned its focus to ecotourism. Snorkel and dive shops take out hundreds of tourists every year.

Cabo Pulmo promotes sustainability in multiple ways — from a recycling and compost program to the widespread use of solar panels.

Fish biomass in the Cabo Pulmo National Park increased an amazing 463 percent between 1999 and 2009.

Cabo Pulmo residents like Judith Castro, here with her son Yerrick, are committed to protecting the community’s natural resources.

Cabo Pulmo National Park is the only 100% “no-take” area in the Gulf of California, which has allowed fisheries to replenish themselves.

Divers come from far and wide for the opportunity to swim with the world’s largest fish, the whale shark.


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