Mares Mexicanos

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Mares Mexicanos, an initiative of the Gulf of California Marine Program at the University of California, San Diego, has teamed up with National Geographic’s Pristine Seas to expand the Revillagigedo Archipelago Biosphere Reserve. The reserve, located off the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, will protect an additional 8% of Mexico’s territorial waters and has a potential tourism value of USD $7M per year.

This project aims to create public buy-in for the expansion of the reserve by leveraging key relationships with members of the Mexican government and through the production of a national outreach campaign. Mares Mexicanos also aims to engage in discussions with active opponents of the project, using their scientific research to show the benefits of the reserve to the fishing industry.

Through collaborative partnerships, we support innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. Our work is divided into six main program areas – Wildlands Conservation, Oceans Conservation, Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, Transforming California, and Innovative Solutions.

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