In a continued trend of protecting its marine environment, Mexico established the Revillagigedo National Park as a protected marine reserve.
The fully protected area covers more than 50,000 square miles, including much of the prized dive sites around the islands of Socorro, San Benedicto, and Roca Partida. Following an official decree from Mexican President Peña Nieto on Friday, Revillagigedo National Park is now the largest marine preserve in North America. The Mexican government had unveiled plans for the marine reserve last month at an ocean conservation conference in Malta.
“We are proud of the protection we will provide to marine life in this area, and for the preservation of this important center of connectivity of species migrating throughout the Pacific,” Mario Gomez of Beta Diversidad said in a statement.
Beta Diversidad worked alongside Pew Charitable Trusts and countless other conservation groups like Pelagic Life to champion the marine reserve. These groups faced heavy opposition from commercial fishing companies. All fishing and extraction of marine resources will be banned in the reserve. The Revillagigedo region had been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016.
Celebrate the creation of the Revillagigedo Marine Reserve by taking a look at stunning images of the region captured by the talented Rodrigo Friscione.
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