A little over two years from the time SeaWatch kicked-off their "Espiritu Santo is Parte de ti" campaign (Espiritu Santo is Part of You), the very depleted Espiritu Santo National Park was named one of the best managed protected areas in the world by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) the first ever such award in Mexico and only the second in all Latin America. The citizen-driven vigilance program, ROC, created by SeaWatch and local supporters, was formally recognized as a model non-profit conservation organization by the Mexican Senate for its support of nature conservation in marine protected areas.
SeaWatch was founded in 1993 in response to the rapidly declining fish populations in the Sea of Cortez due to illegal fishing and fishing methods. SeaWatch spearheaded the implementation of strict regulations to stop illegal activities such as the use of compressed air for fish extraction. In 2009, SeaWatch, working with local supporters, initiated "ROC", a citizen-driven vigilance program to put a halt to the illegal fishing that was taking 20 tons of fish each night from the Bay of La Paz and harming the endangered and threatened marine species in the Sea of Cortez and throughout Mexico’s ocean.
It is our goal at SeaWatch to work with and continue to fund ROC to maintain high-quality vigilance of the Bay of La Paz and the Espiritu Santo National Park where illegal activities are a constant threat to successful regeneration. Watch the video below to learn more.
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