Low Score for Mexico from Ocean Health Index
Sabrina Rodriguez - Riviera Maya News
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September 9, 2015
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Among the 221 countries and regions recently evaluated by Ocean Health Index, Mexico ranked 155. According to their appraisal, Mexico’s low score is the result of the over-exploitation of fishing and pollution.
The comprehensive study covers numerous factors in the evaluation of the ranking, which highlights the social, economic and environmental aspects of each country. Researchers from the University of California were responsible for verifying the resources of each coastal town.
Solomon Mondragon Diaz, director of Ecological Management in the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), says, “They measure how much pollution comes from the land to the sea and what the protection status is of the marine life such as sharks, turtles and whales.”
In this sense, Mexico was not well positioned and experts say that Mexico does not have a comprehensive policy for the protection of its seas and coasts.
According to the Ocean Health Index, countries occupying the top places in conservation are Finland, Sweden and Denmark.
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