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Fideicomiso Estero el Salado

Puerto Vallarta • Riviera Nayarit 

The objectives of Estero el Salado is creating actions and guidelines involved in conserving, restoring and maintaining the resources of the protected natural area as well as the other areas of the Puerto Vallarta/Banderas Bay region.

We participate in:

  • Reforestation with native species.
  • Management and sustainable use of wildlife.
  • Solid waste disposal.
  • Control of erosion in areas of public use.
  • Care of the main channel.

Estero "El Salado", is located in the municipality of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.

It is considered an urban estuary because it is surrounded by the urban area of the port.

It comprises a surface to protect 168-96-50 hectares, of which approximately 135 hectares correspond to vegetation of mangroves and marshes; the rest is formed by two remnants of medium semi-deciduous forest bordered by sequences of elements of aquatic and underwater vegetation, thorny forest and secondary vegetation.

The connection to the ocean is permanent, through a channel of about 20 meters in width, 3 meters deep and 2 kilometers in length which flows to the port.

Its components of landscape and Habitat are favorable for migratory birds and the development of the life cycle of mammals and reptiles, such as the Crocodile River.

Geographically located between Parallels 20° 39' 21" and 20° 41' 37" North latitude and the meridians 105° 13' 34" and 105° 15' 51" West longitude.

We strengthen the scientific research lines that promote conservation, knowledge, management and the use of the natural resources of the area.

Our activities include:

  • Inventory of flora and fauna.
  • Carrying out ecological studies of the system.
  • Studies of the environmental impact of road and port infrastructure (dock and marina).
  • Analysis of the influence of human activities on the upper basin of the estuary and the surrounding area to the ANP on the estuary ecosystems.
  • Popular science.

We constantly monitor:

  • Water quality.
  • Hydrological.
  • Erosion.
  • Characteristics of visitors to the reserve.
  • Population of crocodiles.
  • Fish in the estuary.

We also establish and operate hiking trails, design & establish a center for environmental educatiion, preparation teaching materials & support, and develop training courses and workshops.

Flora & Fauna of Estero El Salado


For the El Estero Salado, there are four identified types of vegetation: medium semi-deciduous forest, mangrove swamps, marsh and aquatic and underwater vegetation. In addition, are sequences of these elements caused by anthropic activities.

The medium semi-deciduous forest is composed of 15 species belonging to the dominant 8 families. It has an approximate area of 2 square kilometers, divided into two small areas located at opposite ends of the estero (near the mouth and head). The species represented are Excel Acrocomia Mexicana, Orbygnia Cohune, Pitechellobium Lanceolatum and three species of Ficus.

The mangrove is the dominant vegetation of the region. It covers 125.6 hectares of the area. Three species of mangrove are distributed perpendicular to the single channel of the estero: Rhizophora Mangle, Laguncularia Racemosa and Avicennia Germinans. There is greater coverage by the latter species.

Pithecellobium Lanceolatum, P. Dulce, Acacia Hindsii and A. Micrantha are representatives of the spiny forest, which forms a belt stitching in the limits of the estuary and surrounding human settlements, that does not exceed the 0.5 square kilometers. Although, along with the medium semi-deciduous forest, they dominated the lands that today is invaded by human settlements and areas of crops.

The marsh or pasture borders the mangrove area and has an area approximately 32 hectares and the main species are Sporobolus Splendens and Batis Maritima, which are widely distributed. These lands have the particularity of flood effect of tides and during the rainy season, forming streams flowing into the main channel of the estero.

Aquatic and underwater, vegetation comprises 15 species, distributed mainly to the edge of the of water close to the head of the estuary, as well as small holes of old brick factories in the area. Best represented are Thypa Domingensis, Pistia Statiotes and Salix Humboldtiana, characteristics of the tular and gallery forest. In addition there are large areas dominated by Mimosa Pigra. These spaces do not exceed the 0.4 kilometers.


Studies in the area has identified over 100 bird species, grouped into 23 families, both as terrestrial aquatic habits.

The presence and abundance of these species in each of the studies throughout the year is different.

More than 29 amphibians and reptiles, and 10 species of mammals, besides a variety of invertebrates and fish,
characteristic in mangrove zones, have been identified.

It is important to highlight the presence of other animal groups in the area, with some level of vulnerability and others with potential for use.

Among the reptiles is the Green iguana (Iguana Iguana), the garrobo (Ctenosaura Pectinata) and river crocodile (Crocodylus Acutus).

The raccoon (Procyon Lotor) and the opossum (Didelphis Virginiana) are mammals that have been observed in the mangrove swamp.

In the marshland and mangrove swamps are abundant populations of Fiddler Crab (Uca Crenulata) and the Cajo or Moorish Crab (Cardisoma Crassum).

It should be noted that the estero houses a large number of specimens of flora and fauna considered in the categories of protection of the NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2001 and the NOM-022-SEMARNAT-2003.

Volunteering at the Estero El Salado

The ANP Estero El Salado is open to all persons who want to help in performing our social services and professional practices.

You can help by contacting the ANP personnel to report any concerns and establish the possibility of joining a project or generate new information on the basis of the proposal of work, which requires a written request issued by the educational institution or unit.

The letter needs the following information:

  • Point out clearly the tasks preferred.
  • Specify the precise dates which mark the beginning and the end of the service, that in no case may be periods of less than six months or over two years.
  • Specify the number of hours to be covered in the service, in no case may be less than 2 years.
  • Full name of the student.
  • Any associated degrees.
  • Copy of the registration in social insurance.
  • Full name of the Coordinator.
  • Charter commitment to submit a final report to the ANP.

Last updated: September 27, 2019 · Charity ID: 212

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Mexico Greenlights the Destruction of Mangroves


Environmental activists are furious at the destruction of 143 acres of mangrove forest in order to build offices, apartments, shopping malls, and a huge church in the luxury resort of Cancun.

Mexico Is One of the Worst Victims of Deforestation

Al Jazeera

Organized criminal gangs have helped make Mexico one of the worst victims of deforestation in the world. However, a small community is now taking on illegal loggers who used to be supported by gangs to protect their trees.

Vallarta Activist Has a Lot to Say About Climate Change

Vallarta Saludable A & P

Olympic skier and climate activist Suzy Chaffee joins the calls of millions around the world to ensure binding agreements on climate change by the 200 world leaders during the COP21 2015 Paris conference.

COP21: People Power for Global Climate Protection

Deutsche Welle

Across the planet, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets over the weekend for protests at innumerable locations - to demand meaningful action for moving on from fossil fuels and stopping climate change.

Kid Environmentalists Derail a $900M Mixed-Use Development in Cancun Mangroves


A group of kids in Cancun, one of Mexico’s hottest resort towns, has stopped the razing of dozens of hectares of mangrove forest for a massive development - for now.

Trade Is Exploding in Illegal Latin American Wildlife


Millions of tropical birds, sharks, sea cucumbers, totoaba, queen conch, sea turtles, caimans and a vast number of other animals are falling victim to wildlife trafficking.

Mexico's Vaquita Might Not Withstand the Rising Chinese Market for Totoaba Bladders


The vaquita, an endangered harbor porpoise that only lives in the Gulf of California, is being killed as collateral damage in the hunt for the bladders of an endangered fish that shares these same waters.

Saving Mexico's Vaquita Just Got One Step Closer


There are only 97 vaquita left in the world and you’ve been part of a global campaign to save them. In fact, in just the last 5 weeks, 100,000 of you have stood up and demanded they be protected.

Mayor Weds Alligator to Bring Oaxacan Village Good Luck for Fishing Harvest

MailOnline/World News

A local mayor in Mexico married an alligator 'bride' this week, as part of a traditional ceremony to bring good fortune to the fishing community of San Pedro Huamelula.

Google Street View Takes You Under the Streets and Deep Into the Sea


Google Street View is slowly but surely conquering Earth's land surfaces, but the oceans are still largely untapped territory. Last week, Google narrowed the gap a little by adding Street View imagery from more than 40 locations around the world, many of which are underwater.

Study: Climate Change May Kill Off 1 in 13 Species

Shanghai Daily

According to a new study published in the journal Science, Global warming will eventually push 1 out of every 13 species on Earth into extinction, with South America the hardest hit for any continent.

Exploring the Sian Ka'an Mangroves in Mexico

Travel Basecamp

About 100 km from Gran Bahia Principe Akumal Royal Golden near Playa Del Carmen, you'll find the stunningly beautiful Reserva de la Biosfera Sian Ka'an, one of several natural protected areas in Mexico.

Protecting Isla Isabel: The Galapagos of Mexico

Global 3000

In 2005 the UNESCO declared Isla Isabel and parts of the Gulf of California a world heritage site. Now the national park authority wants to protect the surrounding marine area as well, so life on the island can continue.

Crocodiles Returned to Wild After Caught Roaming the Streets of Mexico

Agencia EFE

Five crocodiles were returned to their natural habitat and a sixth is undergoing treatment for wounds at a wildlife center following trapping operations in populated areas in Mexico’s Tamaulipas, Guerrero and Tabasco states.

Environmental Authorities Seize Gallons of Stewed Iguana in Morelos State

The Guardian

Mexican environmental authorities say they seized 8.5 gallons of stew made of Mexican spiny-tailed iguanas, a protected species considered threatened in Mexico.

AIDA: Working to Protect Coral Reefs in Mexico

AIDA Americas

The current threats to the Veracruz Reef System are a sign of the urgent need for nations to take effective measures to protect coral reefs and comply with their international obligations.

Sinaloa Cop Suspended After Video of Him Shooting a Crocodile Surfaces

A police officer in Mexico has been suspended after a video showing him shoot a crocodile with a machine gun surfaced.

World Water Day: Why We Should Celebrate Wetlands

The Nature Conservancy of Canada

World Water Day, celebrated every March 22nd, encourages citizens around the world to celebrate water and calls for collective learning and action on water-related issues.

Cousteau Urges Need to Understand, Protect Ocean

Columbia Tribune

“We need to treat the world like a business and our resources like capital,” says Jean-Michel Cousteau, adding that the more humans “gobble up,” the closer the planet is to bankruptcy.

Filmmaker Turns Lens on One of Last Healthy Reefs

Living Isle

'Living Isle' is short film about the lives of the Garifuna people living in the Bay islands of Honduras. They live on the second largest reef in the World and have been doing so sustainably since 1797.

The Fight Against Illegal Logging on Behalf of Mexico's Monarch Butterflies

Fronteras Desk

The Monarch butterfly is an icon in Mexico. You’ll see its image plastered on airport terminals, replicated in women’s fashion and printed on currency. But Mexico hasn’t always done an exemplary job protecting the butterfly.

Mexico to Use Drones to Protect Endangered Porpoise

Associated Press

Mexico is planning to use drones to patrol the upper Sea of Cortez to combat illegal fishing and save the critically endangered vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise.

Hopeful Lessons from the Battle to Save Rainforests


"Save the rainforest” is an environmental slogan as old as time — but Tasso Azevedo catches us up on how the fight is actually going these days.

Projects Abroad Mexico: Sea Turtle Conservation

Projects Abroad

Conservation volunteers in Mexico work alongside local experts on a variety of conservation and environmental projects, specifically focusing on the protection of turtles, crocodiles, and birds.

New Web Portal Aims to Tame the Lionfish Invasion

Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute and NOAA have announced the launch of an Invasive Lionfish Web Portal aimed at arming the fishery community and public with the latest details to the combat the invasive species in the Atlantic and Gulf region.

There Are 2,584 Endangered Species in Mexico

The Yucatan Times

Mexico is a country rich in wildlife and makes up about 10 percent of the species living in the world; at least half of these are endemic. Unfortunately many of these species are endangered or at risk.

Divers Swim with Crocodiles Off Mexico's Quintana Roo Coast in Amazing Video


Most people would make it their mission to stay as far away from a crocodile when swimming as possible. Not these divers, who jumped in with the fearsome predators to film the terrifying moment.

Thousands Gear Up for the People's Climate March


On Sunday, Sept. 21, a climate march through midtown Manhattan will kick off a week of high-profile climate events in the Big Apple.

Mexico Probes Mass Lake Fish Death in Jalisco


Hundreds of thousands of fish have been washed up on the shores of Lake Cajititlan in the Mexican state of Jalisco over the past week.

Mining Project Threatens Mexican Nature Preserve

Agencia EFE

A mining project linked to the expansion of the Mexican Gulf port of Veracruz threatens North America's largest jungle preserve, which would be the source of 2 million cubic meters of basalt rock.

Escape to Nature in Mexico's Sian Ka'an Reserve


Over the years, the Sian Ka'an reserve has grown to 1.3 million acres and benefactors from small hotels to government agencies and multi-national corporations are helping conserve and expand the reserve with funds, educational involvement and other support.

The Empty Aquarium: Mexico's Sea of Cortez Is Running Out of Fish


Located in between mainland Mexico and the Baja California Peninsula, the Sea of Cortez has been called the "Aquarium of the World;" it's home to over 950 varieties of fish and 30 species of marine mammals. But this maritime treasure and the creatures that call it home are in danger.

'Luminous Sea': Underwater Photographer Supports Ocean Conservation with New Book


Underwater photographer Richard Salas is raising money for The Ocean Foundation with the sales of his newest book, Luminous Sea.

Obama Announces Initiative to Protect Pacific Ocean


President Barack Obama has announced a new initiative to protect parts of the Pacific Ocean from overfishing and environmental damage.

Can Underwater Art Save the Ocean's Coral Reefs?

Jason deCaires Taylor has created artificial reefs - statues placed anywhere from four to nine meters underwater - to encourage ecosystems to take hold and flourish. The statues are almost as diverse as the ecosystems they hope to foster.

World Oceans Day 2014: World's Most Polluted Seas Revealed


According to World Wide Fund for Nature, more than 80% of marine pollution is caused by land-based activities that cause oil spills, fertilizers and toxic chemical runoff and the discharge of untreated sewage.

Jackie Savitz: Save the Oceans, Feed the World!

TED Talks

What's a marine biologist doing talking about world hunger? Well, says Jackie Savitz, fixing the world's oceans might just help to feed the planet's billion hungriest people.

Deficiencies in Cabo Dorado Environmental Impact Assessment Brought to Light

Natural Resources Defense Council

Heeding the calls of civil society and concerned citizens, Mexico’s environmental authority is holding a public information meeting on Cabo Dorado – the massive tourism and real-estate complex proposed just north of and adjacent to Cabo Pulmo National Park

US, Mexico Partner to Save the Colorado River Delta

Environmental Defense Fund

The Colorado’s delta was once a landscape of plenty, the basis of rural economic activity and local employment. Tourism, recreational hunting, sport and commercial fishing – all have been lost to overuse and over exhaustion of a limited resource. Now we are taking a major step to right that wrong.

Great News for Trees - Google Is Everywhere


In an attempt to curtail illegal logging, Google has partnered with several environmental organizations to create Global Forest Watch, an interactive online tool that sends out alerts when something’s suspect in the leafier parts of the world.

National Commission Unveils Comprehensive Plan to Protect Mexico's Wetlands


The National Protected Natural Areas Commission has released a plan to protect the 139 wetlands in Mexico, the country with the second-largest number of protected wetlands in the world.

Giving #ClimateThanks for the Holidays


This Thanksgiving, people around the country who had felt some of the most severe impacts of climate change came together to thank people taking action - in large and small ways - to try to stop the unfolding catastrophe.

Scientists: If You Want to Conserve Biodiversity, Protect Latin America

Inter Press Service

A team of scientists who analyzed the richness of plant species around the world concluded that the ecosystems in need of immediate protection in order to meet 2020 conservation goals are largely concentrated in Latin America.

Growing Concern as Northern Mexico's Unique Wetlands Continue to Disappear

Al Jazeera

For decades scientists and tourists have flocked to northern Mexico's desert to visit wetlands and natural springs that host unique ecosystems. But in recent years the pools have begun to shrink - some have even dried up completely.

Tell Mexico: Stop Killing Endangered Sea Turtles

Center for Biological Diversity

Each year at least 2,000 endangered loggerhead sea turtles are caught by shark and halibut fishermen off the southern peninsula of Mexico's Baja California.

Green Growth: Mexico President Unveils National Climate Change Strategy

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto has unveiled a National Climate Change Strategy that he says will lead to "green growth" in the country.

New Mexican Law Protects All Coastline Nesting Grounds of Sea Turtles


Mexico had recently passed a law that provides protection to the nesting grounds of the sea turtles. In the past, only those considered as sanctuaries and reserves are protected by the government but now, all sites are covered.

Earth Day 2013: The Face of Climate Change

Every year on April 22, more than one billion people take part in Earth Day. Across the globe, individuals, communities, organizations, and governments acknowledge the amazing planet we call home and take action to protect it.

New Workshop on Mexican Mangrove Conservation


Thirty-six percent of Mexican mangroves have been changed or replaced, and the Yucatan’s Peninsula, home of 55% of them, also presents great damage on these costal ecosystems, caused by non-organized tourism, over-exploitation of species and human settlements.

Developers Resubmit Controversial Plan for Massive Mexican Resort Near Endangered Reef

Associated Press

Developers have resurrected plans for a massive beach resort near a sensitive coral reef in Mexico's Gulf of California, just two months after authorities rejected a similar plan amid protests by environmental groups.

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