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A huge underwater National Park will be created in Mexico!

The Mexican authorities have decided to create a huge National Park. The government thus intends to protect the underwater fauna and flora, which, as a result of a number of factors, is becoming increasingly endangered. The reserve will cover the Revillagigedo archipelago, located about 300 km south of the California peninsula. This will create a
Published: November 30, 2017 - 07:30
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 16:01
A huge underwater National Park will be created in Mexico!

The Mexican authorities have decided to create a huge National Park. The government thus intends to protect the underwater fauna and flora, which, as a result of a number of factors, is becoming increasingly endangered.

The reserve will cover the Revillagigedo archipelago, located about 300 km south of the California peninsula. This will create a safe enclave for hundreds of species. These include manta rays, whales and turtles, among others.

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The national park, set in the midst of volcanic islands, will cover an area of over 150,000 km² and will be the largest of its kind in North America. There will be a total ban on fishing and the area will be patrolled by the navy.

The above actions aim to help restore animal populations, most affected by overfishing and poaching.

[blockquote style=”2″]”Such a move is an extremely important precedent and model for the rest of the world.” – summed up the decision to create the National Park by María José Villanueva – WWF Mexico’s conservation director.[/blockquote]

The creation of the park will be made possible by a decree issued by President Enrique Pena Nieto. It will also prohibit the extraction of natural resources and the development of hotels in the protected area.

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The Revillagigedo archipelago is often referred to as the Galapagos of North America due to its volcanic nature and unique ecosystem. Situated on the border of two ocean currents, the islands are an important location for many migratory species. Among the hundreds of them are humpback whales, which take a liking to the shallow coastal waters and give birth to their offspring here.

Last year, the Pacific region was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The reserve in Mexico will be another such facility created in this part of the world. Earlier, in 2015, a similar move was decided by the authorities in Chile, which created an even larger National Park than the one planned in Mexico.

Source: reuters.com, Photo: Alpha Divers

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