20 Sep '11, 9am

National Park in Mexico Under Threat from Proposed Tourist Development

National Park in Mexico Under Threat from Proposed Tourist Development

These bright yellow panama porkfish stand out against the turquoise blue water and brown coral in Cabo Pulmo. © Octavio Aburto / iLCP / WWF Cabo Pulmo National Park, located in Mexico, is among the most successful marine protected areas in the world. It is now under threat from a proposal for massive tourist development in an undeveloped stretch of the Gulf of California . Permits have already been issued to develop thousands of hotel rooms and condos, marinas and multiple golf courses. The development of this land will be devastating for reefs, fish and other species that call Cabo Pulmo National Park home. Why is Cabo Pulmo so important? This area has a spectacular reef system and is a critical reproduction, feeding and breeding area for at least 6,000 species. Cabo Pulmo also showcases a clear example of how conservation efforts can provide benefits to people and specie...

Full article: http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2011/WWFPres...

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