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The Western Ecological Society

Puerto Vallarta • Riviera Nayarit 

This pro bono piece on Oscar Aranda shot by Puerto Vallarta's Aviana Productions was used in a CNN Hero segment that aired in August, 2010.

Sociedad Ecologica de Occidente is a non-profit agency in Mexico created in 2004 to promote the conservation of natural resources through clear and efficient projects, in Puerto Vallarta and the Bay of Banderas in México. The organization seeks to create simple projects, but with a clear focus that fulfills objectives with a minimum of capital.

Our vision has a clear and accurate approach, looking to bring interesting and easy understanding information to spread the seed of nature's respect.

Our Goal is to promote and to impel the protection and conservation of the wildlife and natural resources in the region of Puerto Vallarta and the Bay of Banderas in Mexico.

Our Mission is to foment the respect of nature through environmental education, creating conscience and willingness to contribute for conservation of wild life. Also, to develop and to support specific projects of conservation and ecosystem restoration, as well as find ways to obtain the economic and human resources necessary to achieve our goals.

Our Vision is to be an exemplary nonprofit organization that, through conservation projects and environmental sensitization, allows improved quality of life for new generations as we learn to cohabit in harmony with nature.

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Projects at the Western Ecological Society

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Our main objective is to make a professional link among the society and the professionals that work in kindred projects to our mission in the Mexican region of the Bay of Banderas.

Current Projects:

We have created the Wildlife Support Fund to provide economical resources to complete necessities of high priority, like rescue, rehabilitation and the release of wild animals.
Short-Term Projects:

There are many and varied efforts for the protection and conservation of sea turtles in the Bahía de Banderas. However, there are gaps of information that require study to understand the dynamics and structure of the population of marine turtles in the Bay, which will allow us to redirect conservation efforts to the aspects that require greater attention.

In its different stages, this project will allow us to understand the following:
• What is the status of the species of Carey, Prieta, Leatherback and Olive Ridley in the Bahía de Banderas.
• How many turtles inhabit a time scale of Banderas Bay.
• What percentage of these turtles are migratory and resident.
• Know the incidence of death of turtles by accidents involving boats or fishing gear.
• Know the preferences of the turtles that nest on some beaches and correlate it with the present understandings.
• Establish an overview of the potential dangers and existing threats to sea turtles and solutions.

This ambitious project will lay the foundation for the improvement of overall strategies for the conservation of sea turtles in the region.

Long-Term Project:

In Puerto Vallarta, there is nowhere for the adequate temporary shelter and rehabilitation of recovered or confiscated wild animals. Our planned Wildlife Recovery Center will provide a space for the rehabilitation and care of animals such as sea turtles and iguanas, of which we receive many cases each year.

Marine Turtles of the Bay of Banderas

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For many years, Mexico has had one of the most advanced programs of protection of marine turtles in the world, where in all the states with coast programs are implemented for the protection of this resource and operated as much for the authorities as for non-profit organizations.

Puerto Vallarta is a great example of this, since its program, created in 1993, links successfully the tourist companies and the all-levels authorities of into the protection activities and conservation of the marine turtles. Every year, the visitors have had the opportunity to see these animals nesting along the beach, under the protective watch of the police.

The Objectives:

The main objective of this program is to protect the eggs from the looting and natural predators in order to obtain a bigger quantity of baby turtles. The eggs are obtained from the nests that the turtles make naturally in any beach, They are then planted in protected corrals (hatcheries), located in the beach of the most important hotels, where they are incubated naturally.

Also, there are organized public liberations of baby turtles to the sea with the participation of tourists and local people, as part of the activities of environmental education. The purpose is to create a culture of conservation of the natural resources and to give knowledge of the importance of the program of protecting marine turtles.

The Protected Species:

The importance of the program of protection of marine turtles in Mexico resides in that in the Mexican coasts, 6 of the 7 species nest from all over the world. The most common species in Bahia de Banderas and Puerto Vallarta, is the Olive Ridley turtle or "Golfina" (Lepidochelys olivacea), but on occasions the enormous Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), the Green turtle (Chelonia agassizii) and the Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) visit us.

The Olive Ridley nests mainly between June and December, and in each season they can return up to 3 times, depositing in each occasion between 80 and 120 eggs. Sometimes they lay up 160 eggs.

The exact number of survival is unknown, but is estimated that in the natural environment, of each 1,000 turtles that are born, between one and five will survive until adulthood, and these will take between 8 and 12 years to mature enough to be able to spawn on the same beach where they were born.

With programs like this, protecting the eggs from their predators, it is estimated that 3 to 5% will survive. Here is where the success of the program resides, The protection of these organisms during the first and more vulnerable stage of its growth: the incubation of the egg.

The Operation of the Program:

The civil organizations take charge of the gathering, transport and delivery of the nests during the nights. They assist the reports of the civil society, and the federal and municipal authorities, as the Naval Sector, Civil Protection and Municipal Police participate actively.

Later on, the recovered eggs are buried in hatcheries or "corrals" of incubation, where they are protected and are free of danger during 45 days. Most of these nurseries are located in some of the hotels and more important condominiums who participate actively in this program.

After the baby turtles hatch, between July and December, they are carried out in public liberations to the sea of breedings daily with the participation of visitors from everywhere.

Each participant has the opportunity to release a baby turtle, after having listening to an informative speech, and always following the directions given by the biologist.

Besides these works, the cure and rehabilitation of wounded turtles is carried out by a specialized group of veterinarians who carries out the necessary surgeries. So far, they have been carried out two operations (amputations) of fins caught in fishing nets have been successful for two turtles.

Volunteer at the Western Ecological Society

Sea Turtles Experience:

This is not a commercial tour; instead, you will be actively participating in a real turtles conservation program with an experienced biologist.

First you will help patrol the beach, respectfully observing sea turtles nesting and laying eggs.  Then you will help us to collect their eggs and bury them in a safe nursery.  You'll have the opportunity to see some baby turtles hatching from their nests and letting them go into the sea.

This service is available from July 15th to October 30th.

Every year more and more marine turtles come to nest in our beaches, laying more eggs, and we have not enough resources to take care of them and achieve our objectives.

As a Volunteer, you´ll support our cause, contributing with your time to the efforts carried out in Mexico to restore the marine turtles population.

Nesting season begins in June, ending in November.  From July to October, volunteers are welcome, with August and September being the months with more activity.

Activities to do are wide and simple. Some of the activities you´ll carry out are:

• Nocturnal patrolling of Puerto Vallarta beaches, protection of marine turtles nesting, collecting their eggs and burying them in to our nurseries (hatcheries).

• Daily care & control of the nurseries.

• Participate in our public baby turtles release events.

In general, procedures and requirements are:

• To be older than 18 years (Those with less than 17 years most be supervised by an adult. Those older than 17 and younger than 18 years most provide a sign permit of his parents).

• To participate directly into the Project for at least 3 weeks (Volunteers will be accepted for less time, but the experience will be reduced significantly).

• Each volunteer is responsible for the totality of costs of accommodation and food, as well as any other cost which may incur during the participation in the program.

• To receive basic training (obligatory course) and to participate daily to get the minimal experience required. This course is provided by us without cost, and includes basic and field training.

If you are interested, send an email to the Volunteer Program Coordinator, Oscar Aranda at

Last updated: August 1, 2017 · Charity ID: 206

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Mexico Tourism Board Supports Continued Protection of the Country's Biodiversity

Mexico Tourism Board

The thirteenth annual Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity held in Cancun was the setting for the launch of Mexico Tourism Board’s new campaign focused on the country’s biodiversity and its wealth in terms of nature, culture and gastronomy.

Developmentalism and Conservation Clash Out at Sea

Inter Press Service

Representatives of native peoples all over the world took part in a meeting during the Conference on Biodiversity in Cancun, Mexico. Indigenous delegates in the summit were defending their rights and their natural resources, which are threatened by climate change, the extractive industries and biopiracy.

Effort to Catch, Protect Mexico's Remaining Vaquitas

The Associated Press

So few of Mexico's vaquita porpoises remain that the international committee to protect the endangered species is preparing to catch and enclose as many as it can in a last-ditch effort to save it.

Mexico Creates 4 New Protected Biological Reserves

The Associated Press

Mexico's president signed decrees creating four new biological reserves and five other protected areas this week, setting aside about 160 million acres for environmental conservation.

UNAM Scientists Have Discovered 'Bees' in the Ocean

Science Alert

For the first time, National Autonomous University of Mexico researchers have found evidence that underwater ecosystems have pollinators that perform the same task as bees on land.

Murdered Honduran Activist Berta Caceres Named UN 'Champion of the Earth'

Agence France-Presse

Berta Caceres, a Honduran activist murdered early this year, was posthumously awarded Friday one of the UN's top prizes for the inspiration she gave in standing up to powerful interests.

Conservationists Want You to Eat More of This Fish

PRI's The World

With its arsenal of spiny, venom-tipped fin rays, the lionfish is not a typical ingredient in your fish tacos. But at Norman’s Cay, a restaurant in downtown Manhattan, lionfish comes grilled or fried — and its mild white meat is starting to show up in other restaurants in Florida and New York.

Mexico Plans to Boost Program to Untangle Sea Lions

ABC News

Mexico’s office for environmental protection says the program has now successfully operated on a total of seven sea lions in the area around the island of Espiritu Santo, in the Baja California resort of La Paz.

Thieves Riding Donkeys Steal Sea Turtle Eggs on Southern Mexican Beach

The Associated Press

On the same day that a Mexican sea turtles were released to the sea, thieves stole newly deposited eggs from nests.

Last-Ditch Effort to Save Mexico's Endangered Vaquita


The world’s most endangered whale is slipping closer and closer to extinction, prompting the International Whaling Commission to call for a permanent ban on gillnet fishing in its habitat in a last-ditch effort to save it.

Will Agreement to Protect Marine Life be a Success?

Al Jazeera

It has taken years of negotiations but countries from around the world have finally reached an agreement to preserve marine life near Antarctica. But the world has seen numerous deals to tackle and prevent climate change and its impact on wildlife. Will this deal be any different?

Forests, Locals Harmed in Mexico's Avocado Boom

Agence France-Presse

From toasts to sushi... Avocados are everywhere. But in Mexico, the fruit’s top exporter, illegal farming is destroying the environment and putting people’s health at risk.

'Jacuzzi of Despair' Found Beneath the Gulf of Mexico

The Christian Science Monitor

Scientists have found a lake under an ocean in the Gulf of Mexico, dubbing it the "Jacuzzi of Despair" for its high salt content and temperature that has killed creatures who accidentally fall into it.

Saving Mexico's Endangered Sea Turtles Will be Good for Tourism Too

The Conversation

Mexico can keep its place as one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world by respecting its coastal ecosystems. In doing so, it will also protect the sea turtles that call its beaches home.

Mana Fighting to Help Sea Turtles with Clothing Line

The Associated Press

Mexican rock band Mana, known for its environmental activism, is stepping into the fashion industry with Ritos del Sol, a line of ecofriendly jeans and T-shirts for men and women, in fight to save endangered sea turtles.

Save Mexico's Vaquita: Plea at World Whale Assembly

Sometimes referred to as Mexico's "panda of the sea", there were a mere 59 known vaquitas by the end of last year, according to reports to the International Whaling Commission.

Pacific Bluefin Tuna Are Heading Towards Protection

Courthouse News Service

Thirteen conservation groups and a former National Fisheries biologist petitioned for federal protection for Pacific bluefin tuna, and the marine agency agreed listing may be warranted.

Linkin Park Visits Magdalena Bay to Bring Awareness to Mangrove Conservation


Linkin Park band members, Rob Bourdon and Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell, visited Magdalena Bay, Mexico to learn about the Mangroves conservation project. Music for Relief, which is a non-profit organization founded by Linkin Park in 2005, launched the project one year ago.

Invasion of Lionfish Is an 'Unprecedented Threat'


The population of Cuji fish, native to the southeastern coast of the United States, has dropped almost by half since 1990 - a time that coincides with the start of an invasion by lionfish, which originate from the Indian Ocean and western Pacific.

World Is Making Last Push to Save Mexico's Vaquita

The Washington Post

This is how bad things have gotten for the world’s cutest little porpoise. With only about 60 left, an international treaty of governments is making a last, desperate effort to save them because earlier measures haven’t worked.

Mana Launch Ethical Fashion Line to Aid Eco-Charity


Mexican rockers Mana are launching their own clothing line to help save sea turtles.

Locals Protect Endangered Turtle Eggs from Poachers on Oaxacan Beach

Fox News Latino

It’s the time of the year when thousands of marine turtles descend on a less-than-10-mile long strip of sand in the state of Oaxaca on Mexico’s Pacific coast to lay their eggs.

Watch This Scuba Diver Decimate the Lionfish Population with a Glock 17


Courtland Hunt has just changed the underwater game by successfully shooting invasive Lionfish over 100ft underwater with a customized Glock 9mm handgun in the Gulf of Mexico.

Journey Into the Incredible Cloud Forests of Mexico

Atlas Obscura

Discover why the pristine cloud forests of Mexico - threatened by coffee, logging and climate change - are so special and learn why it's so important to conserve the wild places of the earth.

Meat-Free Shrimp Could be Superhero to Our Oceans

What if all-you-can-eat shrimp buffets could help save lives and the planet? Eating shrimp is unsustainable for our oceans and hazardous to our health, but what about shrimp created entirely from plants?

San Felipe Fishermen Demand United Nations Intervention on Fishing Ban

Uniradio Informa

About 500 fishermen and residents of San Felipe demonstrated and signed a document where they asked the United Nations to listen to their complaints and evaluate what a fishing ban has done for the residents of the city.

Sea Shepherd Crewmember Targeted While on Operation to Save the Endangered Totoaba

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

A crew member aboard the Sea Shepherd vessel M/V Farley Mowat received anonymous death threats last week while on campaign in the Sea of Cortez.

Hurdles Remain for Recovery of Humpback Whales

Center for Biological Diversity

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced that nine of 14 humpback whale populations are no longer on the endangered species list.

Plan Underway to Save Mexico's Endangered Vaquita

Researchers are investigating a conservation strategy that involves capturing and placing some of the remaining vaquitas in enclosures out in the gulf - in an effort to save them. There are, however, a lot of risks to this strategy.

California Lawmakers Pass Bill Banning Shows, Captive Breeding and Export of Orcas


The California State Legislature last week approved a historic bill that would ban the breeding of captive killer whales and orca performances in that state. It would also prohibit the export of captive orcas out of North America.

LatAm Environmentalists Are an Endangered Species


Murders over land disputes have been on the rise worldwide, but the problem is especially severe in Latin America. Conflict over surging development in the region’s remote corners is a driving factor.

How Eating Invasive Lionfish Helps the Environment

Foreign Policy

The Pacific lionfish has taken over the Caribbean, killing reefs and decimating local species. Could Whole Foods be the answer?

San Felipe Fishermen Say They Will Not Allow the Fishing Ban to be Extended

The Fulano Forum

Fishermen in the upper Gulf of California will not allow an extension of the 2-year-long fishing ban placed by the federal government, said the president of the Federation of Coastal Cooperative of San Felipe.

In Isla Mujeres, Marine Conservation Through Art

Caribbean Journal

On a small island off the Caribbean coast of Mexico, a group of artists are working to promote marine conservation in a rather special way.

These Wired, Fake Turtle Eggs Could Track Down Poachers and Crack Illegal Trade

The Washington Post

Smooth to the touch and perfectly round, these ping pong ball-size eggs could easily pass for any of the millions laid and buried every year by endangered sea turtles on the beaches along the North and Central American coasts.

Pollution Turned This Jalisco River Into a Toxic Hell


After years of watching the authorities fail to acknowledge the seriousness of the problem, desperate locals are now intensifying their calls for action.

Farmers in Mexico Are Giving Nighttime Firefly Tours to Preserve Their Forests


Fireflies’ annual mating ritual is one of nature’s most stunning events, and a small farming community in Mexico wants tourists to see it.

Mexico Launches Drones to Save Endangered Vaquita

Agence France-Presse

Mexico's government has launched three drones to back efforts to prevent illegal fishing activities that have led to the near extinction of the vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise.

Mexico Bans Night Fishing, Gillnets to Save Vaquita

The Associated Press

Mexican authorities say they are banning night fishing and gill nets in an area inhabited by the endangered vaquita marina porpoise.

Seeds Smuggled from Mexico May Cause Extinctions

CCTV America

When we think of global threats of extinction, exotic animals usually come to mind. But many rare plants also are at risk of disappearing forever.

UN to Mexico: Save the Vaquita or Risk Heritage Status

Center for Biological Diversity

The United Nation’s World Heritage Committee directed Mexico to take immediate action to save the imperiled vaquita porpoise, or risk “in danger” status for its “Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California” World Heritage site.

Totoaba Trafficking Easy Money for Mexico Criminals

InSight Crime

The illegal trafficking of a fish endemic to Mexico's waters is reportedly a low-risk trade that is generating huge profits for criminal organizations looking to feed black-market demand in Asia.

Assisted Breeding for Mexico's Endangered Vaquita?

The Guardian

As the vaquita – the world’s smallest porpoise – plunges toward extinction, scientists have a tough decision ahead of them: to attempt a super risky captive breeding program or not?

First Great White Shark Caught Sleeping on Film Along Baja's Guadalupe Island

Mother Nature Network

Remarkable footage was captured by a robotic submersible that tracked a female great white shark as it swam at night around Guadalupe Island, near Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula.

How Our Consumer Culture Is Killing the Whales


A new documentary explores the boom in noise pollution from ocean shipping that is disrupting the habitat of marine mammals.

Filmmaker Hopes to Save a Tiny Porpoise in Mexico

Boise State Public Radio

Idaho filmmaker Matthew Podolsky has been filming a short documentary in Mexico, trying to save what’s often called “the Panda of the Sea.”

2015 Was the Worst Year on Record for Killings of Land and Environmental Defenders

For the new report On Dangerous Ground, Global Witness documented 185 killings across 16 countries – by far the highest annual death toll on record and more than double the number of journalists killed in the same period.

NOAA Expert Puts the World in World Sea Turtle Day

NOAA Fisheries

Listen to Manjula Tiwari, a sea turtle scientist with NOAA. Dr. Tiwari works all over the world helping communities that live near sea turtle nesting beaches to protect their sea turtle populations.

Video Inspires a New Generation of Ocean Activists


On World Oceans Day this week, author and activist Joel Harper used the occasion to unveil an animated video based on his popular children’s book, All the Way to the Ocean.

Debate Surrounds Saving Mexico's Vaquita Porpoise

Associated Press

A new report on Mexico's endangered vaquita marina porpoise says authorities may have to consider trapping some of the few remaining specimens to try to breed them in captivity or semi-captivity. Some experts oppose that, saying it could kill the few vaquitas left.

In San Ignacio Lagoon, Mexico, the Whales Are So Close You Could Kiss Them

The Los Angeles Times

If you need to find a member of the Cetacean Nation in a crowd, you need only mutter: "I'm going on a whale-watching trip where you get to watch mothers and babies frolicking nearby."

'Go Wild for Life' on World Environment Day 2016

This year’s theme for WED – Go Wild for Life – encourages you to celebrate all those species under threat and take action of your own to help safeguard them for future generations.

Closing the Gaps in Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking in Latin America

Inter Press Service

Because of their biological wealth, Mexico, Central America and the Amazon rainforest – which is shared by Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela – are the main sources of trafficked plant and animal species in the region.

World's Smallest Porpoise Nears Extinction in Mexico

60 Minutes

You would think the most endangered sea mammal in the world would be a cause celebre but, as Sharyn Alfonsi reports, that's not the case with the vaquita.

Brewing Up a Six-Pack Ring That Won't Kill Sea Turtles


A biodegradable, edible invention from SaltWater Brewery and creative agency We Believers has people asking, ‘What took so long?’

Drone Footage Captures Thousands of Giant Mobula Rays Leaping Out of the Ocean


Amazing drone footage in Baja California, Mexico, captures the creatures huddled together in their hundreds before leaping into the air. The rays appear as suited to the sky as they do to the water, performing some awe-inspiring aerobatic displays.

REDD+ Needs Clarity - Not Confusion - in Chiapas

EcoLogic Development Fund

An introduction to the Lacandon indigenous group and their history as strong forest stewards in Mexico’s Lacandon Jungle.

Twenty-Four Beached Whales Die on Baja Shoreline Despite Rescue Efforts


Twenty-four pilot whales died after becoming beached on the Baja California Peninsula despite efforts to move them into deeper waters.

Couple Sentenced to 6 Months in Prison for Smuggling Sea Turtle Eggs from Nayarit

San Diego Union-Tribune

A Southern California couple was sentenced to six months in prison for smuggling more than 900 endangered sea turtle eggs into the U.S. from Mexico.

Mexico Fights to Save the World's Smallest Porpoise

With the number of totoaba fish and the vaquita porpoise getting dangerously low, the Mexican government has increased efforts to end the illegal fishing pushing them to the brink of extinction.

Mexican Indigenous Environmental Activist Named Prisoner of Conscience

Amnesty International

A Mexican man unfairly imprisoned in what appears to be a punishment for his peaceful activism against illegal logging must be released immediately and unconditionally, Amnesty International said as it named him a “prisoner of conscience.”

Protecting Forests and the People Who Protect Trees


Conserving forests and protecting forest activists need to become priorities in the global fight against climate change, says a coalition of activists, scientists, and nongovernmental groups.

Jairo Mora Loved Sea Turtles. They Killed Him for It.

The Daily Beast

It’s not only the drug cartels that use deadly violence to eliminate their enemies. When environmentalists stand up to big business they’re liable to be killed.

175 States Sign Landmark Deal on Climate Change

The Associated Press

The historic agreement on climate change marked a major milestone on Friday with a record 175 countries signing on to it on opening day. But world leaders made clear more action is needed, and quickly, to fight a relentless rise in global temperatures.

Why the World Needs Women on Earth Day & Beyond

The Huffington Post

On Earth Day, we have to ask: who owns the Earth? Who is making the decisions that are fundamental to the health of our planet? The answer is not necessarily women.

Conservationists Used a Night Vision Drone to Bust Poachers in the Gulf of California


Sea Shepherd, a ocean conservation group known for its aggressive tactics, recently deployed what might be an ideal weapon for catching poachers red-handed: a quadcopter drone equipped with a thermal night vision camera.

Eating Polluted Seafood May Damage Humans' Natural Defense System

Medical Daily

Pollutants found in fish could be making their way into our food supply and damaging our body's natural defense system.

Protecting Forests in Mexico Reaps Lasting Rewards

World Bank

This inspiring story of a single mom, her entrepreneur sons and a united community explains why the sustainable management of forests is good for the planet and makes good economic sense.

But Is Whale Shark Ecotourism Really Eco-Friendly?

Earth Island Journal

With such natural splendor at their disposal, it’s unsurprising that entrepreneurial locals have seized the opportunity to sell such a special ecotourism experience. The question that remains is how “eco” the opportunity really is.

Faking Out Poachers with 3D-Printed Sea Turtle Eggs


Conservationists hope to track the black market in eggs by tricking traders with artificial ones that contain wireless transmitters.

Mexico Steps Up Efforts to Save Endangered Vaquita

Latin American Herald Tribune

Federal agencies are stepping up patrols and monitoring to protect the Gulf of California harbor porpoise, and fight trafficking in the totoaba, an endangered fish species that is highly prized in China.

Play TakePart's 'Rare & Ready to Be Saved,' and Help Endangered Animals


Sixteen candidates are competing in “Rare & Ready to Be Saved,” TakePart’s annual bracket game aimed at having a bit of spirited fun while calling attention to the plight of some of the planet’s most imperiled animals.

World Water Day Highlights the Need for Safe Water


March 22nd marks World Water Day, and this year, we look at how using water wisely is everyone’s business.

SeaWorld to End Captive Breeding of Killer Whales, Orca Shows


In a stunning move, SeaWorld has agreed to stop breeding captive killer whales, meaning its 28 orcas will be the last generation owned by the company.

'Unknown Animal' Measuring 13 Feet Long Baffles Authorities on Bonfil Beach


Officials and residents in Acapulco, Mexico, said they are perplexed by the large carcass of a mysterious sea creature that washed up on shore.

How Underwater Resorts Could Save the Coral Reefs

Travel Pulse

The concept of an underwater resort is a polarizing one. Nonetheless, the potential benefits of developing one possibly extend beyond the inevitable tourism draw.

Poachers Are Pushing Mexico's Vaquita to Extinction

Yale Environment 360

China’s lucrative black market for fish parts is threatening the vaquita, the world’s most endangered marine mammal. The porpoises, who live only in the Gulf of California, are getting caught up as bycatch in illegal gill nets and killed.

Rescue Team Saves Humpback Whale Entangled in Illegal Gillnet Off Baja California


A marine wildlife conservation group shared video of a boat crew rescuing a humpback whale from an illegal gillnet in Mexico's Gulf of California.

Antarctica Could be Headed for Major Meltdown

UCLA Newsroom

UCLA geochemist finds striking similarities between climate change patterns today and millions of years ago.

Ensuring the Futures of Whales & Humans in Mexico


For Katherina Audley, saving whales means more than just preserving a majestic species that delights and amazes its two-legged, land-lubbing neighbors.

Marine Life Can't Keep Up with Rapid Climate Change


Researchers say that from British Columbia to Mexico, increasing acidity, rising temperatures, and lower oxygen levels are putting multiple stresses on marine life at the same time.

Mexicans Rescue Thousands of Deserted Turtle Eggs

Latin American Herald Tribune

More than abandoned 12,000 Golfina turtle eggs have been recovered from beaches in the Pacific coast states of Michoacan and Oaxaca.

The Ocean's Future Could All Hinge on One Woman


Even though world leaders ignored marine conservation in Paris, Sylvia Earle is optimistic. “For the first time in all of our history,” she said, “children are growing up in a world where we know what we’re doing to the planet.”

Time's Right to Watch Blue Whales in Baja's Loreto

New China TV

Water spouting by blue whales has made the town of Loreto in the Pacific state of Baja California Sur an important stop for visitors coming to Mexico, especially during the last week of January and the first week of February.

TED Talk: The Mysterious World of Underwater Caves

TEDYouth 2015

Cave diver Jill Heinerth explores the hidden underground waterways coursing through our planet. In this short talk, take a dive below the waves and explore the wonders of inner space.

Cozumel's 'Sea Walls' Project Shows That ARTivism Can be Very Cool


PangeaSeed, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting oceans, uses “artivism” to raise awareness about the threats facing oceans and sea life around the world.

The Long Journey to Save Mexico's Vanishing Vaquita

Summit County Voice

Conservation groups and the Mexican government are making progress in trying to avert extinction of the vaquita porpoise, a small marine mammal that lives only in a few thousand square miles in the northern Gulf of California.

Latin America's Illegal Wildlife Trade to US Is Booming


When it comes to newsworthy stories about the illegal wildlife industry, Chinese demand for ivory or rhino horn tends to grab headlines. But often overlooked is American demand for illegal goods, which is fueling an enormous amount of wildlife trafficking in Central and South America.

Mexico's Vaquita Porpoise Could Go Extinct in 2 Years


Will the world’s smallest and rarest porpoise still swim the waters of the Gulf of California two years from now? That’s the question for the vaquita, arguably the world’s most endangered marine mammal, which experts say has an extremely narrow window in which to avoid extinction.

Watch a Cruise Ship Pollute as Much as 13 Million Cars - in One Day


The cruise industry markets its ocean voyages as a chance for vacationers to “return to the sea” and forget their troubles onshore. But keeping 5,000 people afloat, fat, and happy comes with hidden environmental costs.

TED: An Underwater Art Museum, Teeming with Life

Mission Blue II

For sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, the ocean is more than a muse - it's an exhibition space and museum.

El Nino Brings Unexpected Fish from Mexico to US

VOA News

Thanks to El Nino, California's coastal waters have become more hospitable to fish from the tropics. Hammerhead sharks are among them.

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.

Rescuers Save 7 Beached Dolphins in Baja California

New Europe

Mexican environmental authorities say they were able to lead seven beached dolphins back to sea but 16 others died on the beaches of the Baja California peninsula.

Why This Is a Breakthrough Year for the Environment

Environmental Defense Fund

While data suggests that 2015 will likely go down as the hottest year on record, this has also been a year when we’ve made extraordinary environmental progress in five key areas. We have the numbers to prove it.

NOAA Says 'Worst Ever' El Nino Set to Become MEGA


Earlier this year, the United Nations warned that El Nino could be the 'worst ever' and new data from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirms that a 'Mega Nino' is on the way.

Budget Woes Threaten Mexico's Green Reputation

The Washington Post

In Mexico, conservationists say, environmental oversight is becoming as vulnerable as the wildlife, as program budgets have shrunk and scores of employees at the agency that monitors protected areas have been fired.

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.

Operation Milagro: The Vaquita Defense Campaign

HuffPost Green

The world's most critically endangered marine mammal - a small porpoise called the vaquita that only resides in the Sea of Cortez - is finally getting the attention it so desperately needs to survive.

Genetically Engineered 'Frankenfish' OK'd by FDA

The Associated Press

What's for dinner? Before long, it may well be genetically modified salmon, the first such altered animal cleared for human consumption in the United States.

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.

Can Drones Protect Turtles from Mexico's Poachers?


Mexican officials have announced they are deploying drones on beaches in Oaxaca in a bid to curb the illegal poaching of protected turtles and their eggs.

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 Hails Sightings of Near-Extinct Porpoise


An international scientific expedition has spotted up to 25 individual specimens of a near-extinct small porpoise in Mexico's Gulf of California, amid efforts to save the critically endangered vaquita marina.

Former Mexican Navy Ship to Become Baja California's First Artificial Reef

Agencia EFE

The Uribe 121, a patrol boat donated by the Mexican Navy, will sink off the coast of Rosarito Beach in the northeastern Mexican state of Baja California on Nov. 21 to become the first artificial reef of the north Pacific.

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.

3.5 Tons of Shark Fins Seized in Western Mexico

Agencia EFE

Authorities seized 3.5 tons of shark fins and 529 kilos of sea bass swim bladders in Manzanillo, a coastal city in the western Mexican state of Colima, the Profepa federal environmental protection agency said.

WWF Reports Marine Population Halved Since 1970


Populations of marine mammals, birds, fish and reptiles have declined by 49% since 1970, a report says. The study says some species people rely on for food are faring even worse, noting a 74% drop in the populations of tuna and mackerel.

Tourists Thwart Turtles from Nesting in Costa Rica

The New York Times

The day-trippers swarmed onto the beach to watch one of nature’s most extraordinary sights, hundreds of thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtles crawling out of the ocean to lay their eggs in the sand. The turtles did not want the company.

Endangered Vaquita Porpoises Seen in Sea of Cortez

The Himalayan Times

A newly launched effort to find critically endangered vaquita marina porpoises has already spotted at least two and perhaps three of the elusive, rarely seen creatures in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez.

SEMARNAT Again Rejects Coastal Project That Threated Cabo Pulmo National Park

Natural Resources Defense Council

In a win for Mexico's coral reefs, the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources once more issued a resounding "NO" to the massive Cabo Cortes coastal tourism project that threatened Cabo Pulmo National Park.

Kayak Duo Hit by Breaching Whale: 'It Felt Like a Bus Landing on Us'

The Telegraph

Two British holidaymakers have told of the moment they narrowly escaped death when a 40-ton humpback whale crash-landed on their kayak.

Majority of World's Sea Turtles Ingest Human Rubbish


More than half of the world’s sea turtles have ingested plastic or other human rubbish which can result to health problems and even deaths, claims an international study led by a University of Queensland.

Dorado from Mexico May be Illegal to Import Into US


The Presidential task force on IUU, has announced that dorado from Mexico is now an IUU at risk species. As a result illegal fishing operations in Mexico should no longer be allowed to export dorado into the US and it’s extremely lucrative sea food market.

Are Tourists Harming Whale Sharks Along Mexico's Caribbean Coast?


Every summer, hundreds of whale sharks gather off the Yucatan Coast, within an easy boat ride of the tourist hubs. In recent years the phenomenon has attracted crowds of humans, too, who flock to the site to snorkel alongside the graceful, slow-moving creatures.

Low Score for Mexico from Ocean Health Index

Riviera Maya News

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.

Blue Whale Entangled in Fishing Line Reported Sighted in Mexico Waters

CBS News

A boat off the coast of Mexico apparently spotted the blue whale Monday that rescuers first saw several days ago entangled in hundreds of feet of fishing line near Los Angeles.

An 'Accidental Extinction' Faces Mexican Porpoise

PRI's The World

The world’s most endangered marine mammal is a small porpoise called the vaquita - Spanish for little cow. The vaquita has been under threat for years, but now the poaching of a rare fish may be driving the tiny Mexican porpoise to extinction.

Rising Number of Cancerous Sea Turtles in Mexico

Riviera Maya News

Aside from marine pollution and natural predators, researchers are finding an alarming increase in sea turtle cancer.

Mexico Says It Is Committed to Protect Sea Turtles

KRWG News22

Mexico disagrees with a U.S. conclusion, which says it is not doing enough to reduce the deaths of endangered sea turtles in fishing nets, and will ban Mexican sea products if it doesn’t bring protections up to U.S. standards.

Drones to Combat Turtle Egg Poachers in Mexico

ABC News

Authorities in Mexico will deploy drones on southwestern beaches in Oaxaca to protect against a reported surge in poaching of the eggs of the threatened Olive Ridley turtle.

Say Hello to Deep Blue: 'The Biggest Great White Shark Ever Filmed'

NBC News

Newly found footage of the 20-foot long great white was recorded off Mexico’s Guadalupe Island by shark expert Mauricio Hoyos Padilla in 2013.

Voices in the Ocean: A Journey Into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins

From Susan Casey, the New York Times bestselling author of 'The Wave' and 'The Devil’s Teeth,' a breathtaking journey through the extraordinary world of dolphins.

Drone Footage of Baja Tourists Interacting with a Grey Whale and Her Calf

Barcroft TV

Wildlife photographer Mark Carwardine used a drone to film a group of tourists having an incredible up-close encounter with a pod of grey whales off the Pacific coast of Mexico.

Observers Say Mexico Is Not Enforcing a Gillnet Ban Meant to Save Vaquitas

Citizens Voice

Despite a ban that started April 10, some Mexican fishermen are still using gillnets in the northern Gulf of Mexico to the detriment of critically endangered endemic porpoises.

Whale Conservationists Seek Backers on Kickstarter for Snot-Harvesting Drone

Beta Boston

The robots may be coming for our jobs, but first they will fly solo into a geyser of warm whale snot. For science.

Mexican Poachers Ignore Fishing Ban as Endangered Vaquita Nears Extinction


A Greenpeace vessel patrolling the Gulf of California finds that vaquita porpoise–killing gill-net fishing continues despite a government moratorium.

Sea of Cortez: The World's Aquarium

The Telegraph

The Sea of Cortez has an almost legendary status among divers and marine naturalists. John Steinbeck wrote a book about his voyage here aboard a scientific collecting expedition in 1940, and Jacques Cousteau famously called it “the world’s aquarium”.

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.

Time Running Out to Save the Sea of Cortez Vaquita

San Diego Union Tribune

Down to 50 individuals or less, according to the latest science, the disappearance of the vaquita from the northern Gulf of California would mark the first whale, dolphin or porpoise species to go extinct in North America in modern times.

Amazing Turtle's Eye-View of the Great Barrier Reef


The Great Barrier Reef is home to almost 6000 species. Thanks to GoPro, here’s what the journey through it looks like for one of them: a turtle’s eye view of the Reef.

A New Threat to Whales: Snake-Oil Salesmen


Just as unscrupulous dealers in China and Vietnam started making unsubstantiated claims a decade ago that rhino horn could cure cancer and hangovers, a Japanese company is now marketing whale meat as a way to treat dementia and fatigue.

175,000 Turtle Hatchlings Released on Mexican Beach

Latin American Herald Tribune

Environmental authorities in Mexico have released 175,416 hatchlings of the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle at Playa Rancho Nuevo Sanctuary on the country’s northeastern Gulf coast.

Baja Diver Gets Up Close and Personal with a Colony of Playful Sea Lion Pups

Hundreds of curious sea lions couldn’t resist a closer look at Joost van Uffelen’s underwater camera when he and his team swam with the colony in Mexico.

'Paz Paz Bus' Is Taking a Message of Ecological Awareness to Rural Mexico

Al Jazeera

Driving through the most remote regions of Mexico, the artists driving the "Paz Paz Bus" are working to transform the struggling rural communities in Mexico.

Demise Imminent Without Drastic Action by Mexico to Save the Vaquita Porpoise

Center for Biological Diversity

A scientific report finds that vaquita porpoises declined by more than 40 percent in a single year and consequently only around 50 individuals of the species likely remain on Earth.

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.

Dolphins Go Wild in Back to the Blue Project to Free Captive Marine Mammals


A new report on the successful rehabilitation and release of wild-caught dolphins could well become the how-to manual for other efforts to “rewild” marine mammals at aquariums around the world.

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.

Dolphin Deaths Linked to 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

PRI's The World

It appears that no amount of cleaning can fix the long-term effects of oil contamination in fragile coastal habitats.

Tons of Endangered Sea Species Seized in Mexico

Prensa Latina

In the last three years, Mexico has seized some 18 tons of products and byproducts of Totoaba macdonaldi, an endangered fish, said the Federal Office for Environmental Protection.

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.

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.

Cage Diving Offers View of Baja's Great White Sharks

The Columbus Dispatch

The chance to see these beasts interact in their natural environment inspires more excitement than fear for many adventurers. And those who meet the sharks quickly learn that the reputation is largely undeserved.

Activists: 'Premature' to Loosen Endangered Species Protection for Humpback Whales

The Hill

The National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed to loosen the protections for certain populations of humpback whales. But animal rights activists warn that doing so could put the whales in grave danger.

Scaling Sand Dunes and Saving Sea Turtles in Baja California Sur

Yahoo! Travel

Based in La Paz, Red Travel Mexico exists as a hybrid organization, half tour operator in the secluded paradises of the Baja peninsula and half nonprofit conducting sea turtle research.

Rare Footage of Endangered Vaquita in Sea of Cortez

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has captured rare footage of the elusive and endangered vaquita porpoise in the waters of Mexico’s Gulf of California, the small cetacean’s only home on Earth.

The Guardians of the Nesting Sea Turtles of Cancun

The Inquirer

In Cancun, it seems, guarding sea turtles is right up there with Jet-Skiing and parasailing as must-do adventures.

New Plan to Save Mexico's Rare Vaquita Porpoise

U-T San Diego

With the small and rarely seen vaquita porpoise verging on extinction, Mexico’s federal government is launching an unprecedented effort to save the species.

North Pacific Gray Whale Swims 14,000 Miles and Into the Record Books

GeoBeats News

Animals have been known to make some epic journeys, but the migration of a whale named Varvara has made history.

Map Shows Mexico Has a Shockingly High Number of Threatened and Endangered Species

Business Insider

A map of the countries with the most threatened mammal species shows that Mexico, with 101 threatened mammals, is one of the countries with the most.

Researcher Sylvia Earle's Wish: Protect Our Oceans

TED Talks

Legendary ocean researcher Sylvia Earle says we should all stop eating fish before it is too late.

Humpback Whales Surprise Paddlers Off Baja Coast

National Geographic

In the remote waters off Mexico's Baja Peninsula, explorers Justin DeShields and Bryan Morales come face-to-blowhole with a couple of giant humpback whales.

Turtle Discovery May Provide Global Warming Clues

University Daily News

Scientists at the University of Florida claim that tropical turtle fossils discovered in Wyoming could unlock the clues to climate change.

Wildlife Still Struggling Five Years After BP Oil Spill

Nature World News

As the five year anniversary of the infamous BP oil spill approaches, a new report has revealed that 20 species of wildlife are still dealing with the damage from the disaster's aftermath, with dolphins dying in high numbers and abnormal fish being born.

Pacific 'Whale Without a Tail' Seems to Be Doing Fine


Had passengers aboard the Dana Pride not seen the gray whale surface and blow a plume of mist into the air, they would not have had any idea what they were looking at.

Ocean Mining Dispute Brews Off Baja California Coast

Frontera NorteSur

On the Baja peninsula, a proposal to mine underwater phosphate sands has generated environmental controversy; inspired a legal complaint against mining opponents some compare to activist-chilling SLAPP suits in the United States; and provided yet another test of press freedom in Mexico.

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.

Will Boycotting Mexican Seafood Save the Vaquita?

Natural Resources Defense Council

Frustrated that Mexico and the United States are not taking the steps necessary to save a small porpoise found only in the Gulf of California from going extinct, people are increasingly looking at banning or boycotting Mexican seafood products as the only way to produce necessary action in Mexico.

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.

World Cetacean Alliance 'Shocked' Canadian was Killed in Cabo Whale Collision

The Globe and Mail

A global organization promoting responsible whale watching is calling the death of a Canadian tourist off the coast of Mexico - when a grey whale came crashing on a tour boat on Wednesday - a freak accident and unprecedented.

Whale 'Waving' Caught on Drone Near Baja Coast

Caters TV

This is the incredible moment a whale appears to wave at a camera as it flies above it in a drone.

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.

PROFEPA Frees Humpback Whale Tangled in Net Off Baja's Cabo San Lucas

The Fulano Forum

The personnel said the whale had spent several days caught in the net and it took them hours to free it, during which the whale remained calm, and only submerged after it was freed.

Two Minutes to Midnight for the World's Tiniest Cetacean - Mexico's Vaquita

The New York Times

If there were a Doomsday Clock for species on the brink of extinction, the minute hand for the vaquita - a tiny porpoise restricted to waters near the Colorado River delta in the Gulf of California - would be nudging midnight.

More Sick Sea Lion Pups Found on Pacific Beaches

Digital Journal

Marine scientists say 2015 could be the worst year on record for California’s iconic sea lion, the seemingly friendly marine mammal facing an uncharacteristic winter die-off that has animal lovers, beachgoers and environmentalists traumatized.

Environmental Groups Press Mexican Gov't for More Protection for Sea Turtles

Agencia EFE

The Mexican government should immediately impose regulations on the fishing industry in Baja California Sur to avoid penalties over the deaths of loggerhead sea turtles and take measures to protect the endangered species, two environmental groups said.

Divers Share Precious Moments with Baby Humpback Whale - Then Came the Orcas


Divers at Mexico's Socorro Island spend magical moments with a humpback whale and her baby, only to witness the raw power of nature when orcas arrive.

Emaciated Sea Lion Pups Increasing in Numbers

Tech News

Researchers are puzzled why hundreds of frail and starving sea lion pups continue to be washed ashore in California beaches.

150 Sea Turtles Found Dead in Mexico Lagoon


Cold temperatures are suspected of killing some 150 sea turtles found in a lagoon of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula.

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.

Mexico Wants to Ban Nets, Save Endangered Porpoise

The Associated Press

Mexican authorities are proposing a $37 million plan to ban gillnet fishing in most of the upper Sea of Cortez to save the critically endangered vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise.

Child Admits Killing Gulf of Mexico Dolphin with Arrow


A child in Florida has confessed to killing a wild dolphin with a bow and arrow, according to federal investigators.

The Oceans' Plastic Pollution Problem Is Far Worse Than We Thought, and Here's Why


Ranging in size from a grain of salt to larger than a plastic water bottle, the plastic pollution in the world’s oceans weighs more than 269,000 tons - far more than scientists previously estimated.

Mexico's 'Wildlife Without Borders' Program

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The Wildlife Without Borders - Mexico is working to train over 300 tour operators from Jalisco, Nayarit and Oaxaca on humane and responsible practices when taking care of sea animals like humpback whales and their calves.

Mexico's Vaquitas Could Be Extinct in Four Years

Marine News

New research conducted by an international panel of scientists has revealed that Vaquitas, rare porpoises that live off the coast of Mexico, could go extinct in four years without stepped-up enforcement measures.

Orca Hunter Turned Whale Rescuer Shares His Video


Marine biologist, Jeff Foster, once captured orcas for SeaWorld and other marine parks; today he works to free them, turning down multimillion-dollar offers to resume the hunt.

Last Chance to Help Save Mexico's Vaquita Porpoise


Fewer than 100 of the marine mammals survive, and the Mexican government is expected to announce a last-ditch effort to rescue the vaquita.

Endangered Hammerheads Swim from Protection

Nature World News

In Mexico in the eighties, the sea of Cortes was one of the best places to see these beautiful and majestic animals but at present it's hard to see even a few.

NGOs Petition Mexican President to Save the Vaquita in Advance of Major Decision

Natural Resources Defense Council

Identify problem - vaquita going extinct; identify cause - gillnets; identify solution - ban gillnets. Sounds easy, right? Maybe on paper, but the reality is something quite different.

8% of the World's Natural Resources in Danger

Television del Sur

UNESCO’s danger-list includes Mexico’s butterfly reserve and elephants and serves as a call to conservation of world heritage sites.

Study: Global Warming Worsening Watery Dead Zones

Associated Press

Global warming is likely playing a bigger role than previously thought in dead zones in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world and it’s only going to get worse, according to a new study.

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.

Bamboo Could Be a Savior for Climate Change

Inter Press Service

Bamboo has been part of Jamaica’s culture for thousands of years, but it has never really taken off as a tool or an option to resolve some of the challenges the country faces. That’s until recently.

Dive Footage Catches Humpback Whale Taking a Nap


A research dive team called Panga MX caught some amazing footage in Mexico of a humpback whale slumbering straight up-and-down in the water, with its tail facing the surface.

State of Sonora Toxic Spill a Turning Point for Mexico's Environmental Movement?


Anger continues to simmer in Mexico nearly two months after the country underwent what many have acknowledged to be its worst mining-related disaster in history. But the incident may also mark a critical juncture for environmental reform in Mexico, which has remained stalled for several years.

Drone Used to Monitor Killer Whales Out in the Open Ocean for First Time

Business Insider

Scientists have captured an amazing bird's-eye video of killer whales, not from a plane or a helicopter, but from an aerial drone.

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.

Vaquitas in Mexico Could Go Extinct This Month

Wildlife News

With fewer than 25 breeding females estimated to be left and the totoaba fishing season about to get underway this month could determine the future of the world’s smallest porpoise.

Grey Whales Approach Tourists for Affection

Aol Travel

Tourists capture amazing footage while petting a playful whale with its baby as they swim alongside boat in Mexico.

Saving the World's Most Endangered Sea Mammal


Humans have driven to extinction four marine mammal species in modern times: Steller´s sea cow in 1768, the Caribbean monk seal in 1952, the Japanese sea lion in 1970, and the Chinese river dolphin in 2006. As you read this, we are on the brink of losing the fifth.

Blue Whale Population Rebounds in Pacific Ocean

Newsy Science

A new analysis suggests there are as many blue whales living off the coast of California as there were before humans started hunting them to near extinction 110 years ago.

Do Wildlife Tourists Stress Out Marine Mammals?


Watching whales and dolphins in their natural habitats may seem like a good alternative to seeing them in aquariums, but some scientists say that the activity may be putting the marine mammals at risk.

Three Arrested in Oaxaca After Search Reveals 10,000 Stolen Turtle Eggs

Mexico News Daily

The three were detained after state authorities and inspectors from the federal environmental agency Profepa conducted a search on a bus in southeastern Oaxaca. The search was part of an ongoing operation to stop trafficking in marine wildlife.

Are Jellyfish Going to Take Over the World? Scientists Have an App for That


Scientists are turning to the smartphone-carrying masses to gather data on the mysterious sea creature.

Warning: This Movie Will Make You Want to Do Something to Save the Oceans

Mother Jones

Mission Blue tells the story of world-renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle as she travels the globe on an urgent mission to shed light on the dire condition of Earth's oceans.

Mexico's Vaquita Porpoise Faces Imminent Extinction - Can It Be Saved?

National Geographic

Only 97 vaquita porpoises remain in the wild. Their steep decline is blamed largely on illegal gill-net fishing in the Gulf of California.

Teenager Invents a Machine That Could Solve One of Ocean's Biggest Problems

Mic Network

Boyan Slat, a 19-year-old from the Netherlands, designed a floating structure that could mop up 70,000 metric tons of plastic from the northern Pacific Ocean. Talk about being a boy genius.

Fascinating Things About Loggerhead Sea Turtles

A popular video making the rounds shows a time lapse view of loggerhead sea turtles hatching in the Florida Keys. It's such an amazing sight to see these tiny sea creatures emerge and head toward the water.

Vaquita, the Mexican Porpoise, Nears Extinction


An international team of scientists says that the critically endangered vaquita, a species of porpoise found only in Mexico’s Gulf of California, is fast approaching extinction and that all gillnet fishing in the animal’s range must be banned.

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.

GoPro Video: Diver Saves Sea Turtle Tangled in Rope


Divers off the coast of Mexico save a sea turtle tangled in rope. Just when you think the turtle will swim away, he comes back to thank the diver for his help.

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.

Forget SeaWorld! Watch Orcas Playing in the Wild

Smithsonian Channel

Love marine life, but not into SeaWorld? Well, do we have a treat for you! This amazing footage of killer whales in the wild, captured by a crew from the Smithsonian Channel, is truly exhilarating.

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.

Entangled Gray Whale Calf Released By Newly Trained Mexican Response Team

International Whaling Commission

A recent training in San Ignacio Lagoon, Mexico, has resulted in the professional and successful release of an entangled gray whale calf by a newly trained team at the San Ignacio Lagoon.

Mexican Scientists Use Satellite Tracking Devices to Monitor Sea Turtles

Agencia EFE

Mexican scientists in Sinaloa released three loggerhead sea turtles in whose shells satellite tracking devices had been installed for the purpose of monitoring their migratory routes.

International Sea Turtle Society Calls on Mexico to Stop Endangered Sea Turtle Bycatch

The International Sea Turtle Society passed a strongly worded resolution urging Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto to stop the high rates of bycatch of endangered North Pacific loggerhead turtles in commercial fisheries operating in Baja California Sur.

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

LatAm Nations Agree to Combat Climate Change

Agencia EFE

Participants in the 19th Latin American and Caribbean Environment Ministers Forum, held in Los Cabos, Mexico, agreed to promote a program of regional cooperation on climate change in areas of common interest.

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.

Over 980 Whale Calves Sighted Off of Mexican Coast

Latin American Herald Tribune

Nearly 1,000 gray whales have been born in Mexico since January, when the marine mammals began arriving in the country’s coastal waters, the Environment and Natural Resources Secretariat said.

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.

Sea Turtles' Habitat Deserves Greater Protection

Houston Chronicle

Although the Kemp's Ridley population revived from near-extinction 25 years ago, it seems to be losing ground. Will we allow this to happen, or will we step up to enforce existing laws and put in place new ones where they are needed?

Uruguay Becomes Sanctuary for Whales and Dolphins

Global Voices

In September, Uruguay adopted new legislation that prohibits the chasing, hunting, catching, fishing, or subjecting of cetaceans to any process by which they are transformed.

US Calling for Halt to Endangered Sea Turtle Deaths in Baja Mexico Fishery

US House members have urged Obama officials to pressure Mexico to immediately end the needless drownings of Pacific loggerhead sea turtles in a Baja California fishery - a global hot spot for turtle bycatch.

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.

Five Distinct Humpback Whale Populations Found in North Pacific


Five distinct humpback whale populations have been identified across the North Pacific Ocean in the most comprehensive genetic study of the mammals in this region yet, a new study reports.

Help Save Mexico's Endangered Vaquita Porpoise

Save The Whales

Take a decisive step to save the vaquita - a porpoise threatened by extinction - and to promote sustainable fisheries in the upper Gulf of California for the benefit of fishers and their families.

Endangered Turtle Hatchlings Race to Sea in Oaxaca


An incredible full moon was the first sight to greet the thousands upon thousands of endangered Olive Ridley turtles that hatched on a Pacific beach in the Mexican province of Oaxaca.

Defender of Mexico's Gray Whales Dies at 72

Associated Press

Francisco Mayoral, a noted defender of Mexico's gray whales and one of the country's earliest and most-experienced whale-watching guides, died of a stroke last week in Mexico's Baja California peninsula. He was 72.

Searching for Nesting Sea Turtles on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula

National Geographic

SEE Turtles is working to protect endangered sea turtles by growing the market for conservation travel to support small conservation programs around the world.

Spiraling Loggerhead Deaths Linked to Fishing Gear Off Baja California

E&E Publishing

One thing hasn't changed since Wallace Nichols began studying loggerhead sea turtles in Mexico's Baja California more than 20 years ago: North Pacific sea turtles are dying. And the main culprit - bycatch - is easy to spot.

Mexico Govt Pushes for Sustainable Lobster Harvest


Mexico's government took steps this month to protect fisheries in the Caribbean region in response to requests from fishermen who are pushing for more sustainable lobster harvests.

The Horror of Garbage Island in Documentary 'Midway'


A devastating documentary on the Pacific garbage patch is a sobering reminder: We can’t ignore this problem forever.

Mexico Risks US Trade Embargo for Failing to Protect Loggerhead Turtles


Mexico faces the threat of a trade embargo from the United States for failing to protect endangered North Pacific loggerhead sea turtles from getting entangled in fishing gear off the Baja California’s Gulf of Ulloa.

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.

Allan Wall: Endangered and Threatened Animal Species of Mexico

Mexico is blessed with a collection of flora and fauna being among the most diverse in the world. As everywhere under human jurisdiction, however, there are problems with the environment that could cause some species to become extinct or to disappear from Mexican territory.

Tell Mexico: Protect Endangered Sea Turtles

Defenders of Wildlife

For more than 65 years, Defenders of Wildlife has led the fight to save threatened and endangered species with innovative approaches that help wolves, polar bears, big cats, and other imperiled wildlife survive in an ever-changing world.

Students Touring on The Big Green Bus Help Spread Environmental Awareness


A dozen college students are touring America, sharing lessons about the benefits of "going green" and learning about the various environmental issues facing different communities.

Mexico to Play Bigger Role in Protecting Sea Turtles


Mexico has been elected to preside over the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles, or IAC, for the 2013-2015 period.

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.

The Government of Mexico Approves Measure to Save World's Rarest Marine Mammal


Mexico has taken a decisive step to save the vaquita - a porpoise threatened by extinction - and to promote sustainable fisheries in the upper Gulf of California for the benefit of fishers and their families.

June 8th is World Oceans Day!

World Oceans Day was first introduced in 1992 to raise awareness of the crucial role the sea plays as sources of food, oxygen and medicine. It was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2008 and is observed on June 8 each year.

CNN Hero: Nursing Wounded Wildlife Back to Health


Mona Rutger has rescued and cared for more than 42,000 animals at her backyard wildlife sanctuary in Castalia, Ohio.

Sea Turtle Documentary Highlights Conservation

Mother Nature Network

In the epic and eternal battle between sea turtles and fishermen, can both survive? The answer can be yes, according to the new documentary, "Viva la Tortuga!" by students from Pace University.

Can Technology and Tourism Sustain Sea Turtles?

The New York Times

Sea turtles have roamed the oceans for close to 200 million years, surviving assaults that doomed the dinosaurs. Around the world different species now face threats ranging from coastal building to poaching and drowning in fish nets.

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.

Report: Last 3 Decades of 20th Century Hotter Than Anytime in 1,400 Years

Common Dreams

A groundbreaking new report published Sunday by Nature Geoscience found that average worldwide temperatures over the past thirty years were "higher than any other time in nearly 1,400 years."

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.

International Experts Warn Mexico of High Sea Turtle Mortality Rates


International experts have warned President Enrique Pena Nieto that Mexico is experiencing high mortality rates among sea turtles off the coast of the northwestern state of Baja California Sur.

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.

Earth Hour 2013: Dare the World to Save the Planet

Millions of people around the world switch off their lights for Earth Hour at 8.30pm (20:30) in their local times on March 23. For 2013, Earth Hour invites you to do more than switch off. We want you to dare the world to save the planet.

Green Technologies: Portable Wind Turbine Promises Off-Grid Power

Christian Science Monitor

Like many green technologies, wind power's main drawback is a matter of size: Small turbines are inefficient and expensive, and utility scale turbines require too much land and capital. The Portable Power Center, a mobile, mid-sized wind turbine, could be just right.

What Does The Clean Energy Revolution Look Like and What Will It Mean to You?

Environmental Defense Fund

We're in the midst of a global clean energy revolution, one that is transforming the way we produce and use energy here and around the world.

Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction

The Video Project

'Call of Life' tells the story of a crisis not only in nature, but also in human nature, a crisis more threatening than anything human beings have ever faced before.

United Nations Discusses Wildlife Crime For the First Time

Wildlife Extra

Poaching and the illicit trafficking of wildlife products were raised on the floor of the United Nations General Assembly for the first time on last week, during discussions on strengthening national and international governance.

Lacking Controls, Mexico Becomes a Haven for Illegal Fishing

Inter Press Service

The authorities in Mexico seem to have thrown in the towel in the fight against illegal fishing, which is hurting fisheries, the environment, and incomes.

Celebrate Sustainability During Follow the Frog Week

Rainforest Alliance

To let consumers know how they can support a healthier future for people and the planet, the Rainforest Alliance has launched its second annual week-long campaign that encourages individuals and businesses to celebrate sustainability by taking even one small step toward a more sustainable lifestyle.

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.

Jason Taylor and the Art of Reef Conservation

New York Times

Jason deCaires Taylor has found a way to blend a love of diving and coral reefs with his art — which he crafts on dry land and then lowers into the seas.

Building Sustainable Global Research Partnerships

Guardian UK

A UK-funded conservation project in Mexico has involved local landowners, universities and a Grammy award-winning band to achieve a triple bottom line of sustainability.

WWF Applauds Mexico's Ecological Efforts

The News

The World Wildlife Fund, or WWF, praised the participation of businesses, citizens and federal and local governments in environmentally friendly actions as a part of its Earth Hour campaign.

Details of Whale Routes May Help Prevent Accidental Ship Strikes


To reduce the number of whales accidentally killed from ship strikes and entanglement in fishing nets, scientists are using data collected from tags placed onto more than 300 whales and combining that with information about human activities at sea.

Mexico Receives Nearly $400 Million for Forest Protection

Latin American Herald Tribune

Mexico received $392 million, of which $350 million are a loan from the World Bank and $42 million are from the Forest Investment Program, or FIP, for developing woodlands.

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