Cabo Pulmo Marine Reserve Grows 460%

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  1. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    The Cabo Pulmo Marine Reserve located off the southern tip is Baja, Mexico has rebounded with fish populations off the chart since its introduction in 1999. Back then the area was heavily depleted by fishing and only medium size fish were left. Strict enforcement of new rules as a marine reserve with critical enforcement by local families, boat captains and dive masters along with protection of spawning areas for large predators were key to rebounding fish populations. The recent results of a 10 year analysis of Cabo Pulmo published in PLoS Journal suggest a 460% increase in fish in the reserve! Wow. Check out the video to see what that looks like. :)

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    1.0reef Giant Squid

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    Amazing! Thanks Matt!:)
     
  4. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Great to see such an important area rebound so well. thanks for sharing

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    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Awesome information
     
  6. drew3

    drew3 Blue Ringed Angel

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    went diving there last summer. very cool place. the school of mobula rays you see in the video are everywhere we saw tons of schools of them and even got lucky enough to dive with them. Plus in some locations there are sea lion rookeries ( dont know if i spelled that correctly). I highly recomend this location to any divers. ill try to post pics that i took while i was there
     
  7. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    YES! Please do - that would be great. That must have been very memorable.

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    here are a few videos. 1st is begining of dive, 2nd is mobula rays 3rd is humpback whale ( juvenile) then last is the dolphins. sorry for the camera operation skill im still learning. All of these videos are in the Sea of Cortez. the videos above water were taken on our dive boat



    Diving in Mexico


    Manta Rays Jumping

    those are the mobulu rays jumping out of the water. the dark area in the water is the school of rays.


    Hump Back whale


    Dolphins jumping
     
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  10. sticksmith23

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    Very awesome. I didn't even know they had places like that.
     
  11. drew3

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    heres a link to my fb page album with the photos from baja

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  12. mikeattack

    mikeattack Astrea Snail

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    Is it bad that the first video made me hungry?