Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park is home to the only living hard coral reef in Mexico’s entire Gulf of California. But this thriving habitat has been repeatedly endangered by a mega-tourism scheme — to be built next door — that would include condos, hotels, golf courses, a private jet port and other infrastructure. This massive project would imperil the coral reef’s marine life and irreparably harm Cabo Pulmo’s fragile ecosystem and the local communities that depend on it for their livelihoods.
In 2012, thanks to a strong campaign waged by NRDC and our partners — and the online activism of tens of thousands of BioGems Defenders — Mexico’s president rejected Cabo Cortés, the first major development project proposed for the region. Since then, our coalition has stopped two similar disastrous ventures.
But other mega-resort projects may still threaten Cabo Pulmo’s cherished marine sanctuary. Without a strong, long-term commitment to ensure that Cabo Pulmo is protected from destructive projects, this irreplaceable natural treasure is still vulnerable to rampant over-development that could devastate its environment, marine wildlife and communities forever.
Located at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, Cabo Pulmo is teeming with an astonishing diversity of wildlife, including whales, porpoises, dolphins, orcas, sharks, sea lions and five of the seven species of endangered sea turtles.
Main images provided by: Octavio Aburto/iLCP and Ralph Lee Hopkins/iLCP.