Saturday, June 6, 2009

Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve Set-up In Mexico

Good news comes from Paco Remolino Suarez from the Domino project in Mexico that a huge area around Yum Bulam and Holbox has just been declared a biosphere reserve for whale sharks. The zone extends the previous protected area of Yum Bulam Marine Park to cover an additional one hundred forty and five thousand nine hundred eighty and eight hectares.

The state order recognises that the area is also an important area for the reproduction of spiny lobster as well as being an important zone for several species of marine turtles, including hawksbill, green, logger head and leatherback turtles, as well as over 234 species of reef fish. In view of the global importance of the area for whale sharks, it was argued that the area needed to be protected at a biosphere level.

This declaration will affect what activities are carried out here, prohibiting any activities that might pollute the environment or affect marine life; however, the tourism activities such as those centred around whale shark watching will be allowed to continue subject to regulations that will now have to meet the Environmental Laws that govern the establishment of a Biosphere reserve.

We look forward to hearing more from Paco over the coming months…

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