7 dead whales found in Mulegé, Baja California Sur

7 dead whales found in Mulegé, Baja California Sur

Jul 18, 2017

MULEGÉ, BCS.- Travelers visiting a remote area between the fishing villages of El Campito and Playa Malarrimo in the municipality of Mulegé BCS,  were shocked to find seven whales in an advanced state of decomposition right next to the shore, in shallow waters. The incident has been disseminated among the Sudcalifornian society through images posted on social networks, and up until Monday July 17, it was still unknown if the environmental authorities were already conducting the proper investigations in the area. The finding was made to the north of Bahía Tortuga, where members of the fishing community say that the whales could have been dead for several days without anybody noticing. Until this moment the Profepa has not issued any communication on this matter, reason why it is still unknown what type of whales they are and what could be the cause of death.  ...

Tourist Police units to be created in Los Cabos, Cancún and Acapulco

Tourist Police units to be created in Los Cabos, Cancún and Acapulco

Jul 7, 2017

Given the increasing insecurity and crime that Mexico’s main tourist destinations have been experiencing, the Secretariat of Tourism announced the implementation of a feasibility study to prevent crime from hurting the tourist industry. MERIDA — Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, Enrique de la Madrid Cordero, confirmed the creation of the “Cancun, Acapulco and Los Cabos Tourist Police Unit”, which is sponsored by the federal government as well as by private initiative. A study will be carried out due to the growing perception of insecurity that affects Mexico in this area, as the country requires institutions capable of confronting crime. To do so, they considered that increasing the collection of tax resources in these destinations was necessary, as it will be a measure to train and strengthen institutions to fight against insecurity. Mexico United Against Crime A.C Photo: Google During his stay in Yucatan, where he headed the forum on Governance for Sustainable Tourism, de la Madrid Cordero stated that in 15 days the pilot model on tourist destinations safety will be presented. He mentioned that it will be applied in places that have had a recent violent crime increase over the past few months. He said that it is crucial to put into action these Tourist Police units, as these are destinations where a lot of tourists — both national and international — arrive, and also because these are places that did not formerly have such type of insecurity. The objective is to build a new image of safeness in the country, starting from these cities, as it will be necessary to go to the bottom of the problem and generate institutions that will allow us to face any type of crime. Mexico Tourism Secretary Enrique de la Madrid Cordero. (PHOTO: yucatan.com.mx) “If we want to be successful in fighting against crime and insecurity, we have to invest in institutions, and the way to do so and to finance them is through the resources that taxes generate,” he explained. After that, he pointed out that “this tax resource collection must be transparent, responsible and show accountability for touristic destinations.” The main intention is to generate excellent, well-paid police agents and to give them decent housing,...

Ecological baths will be installed inside Bahia de Loreto National Park

Ecological baths will be installed inside Bahia de Loreto National Park

Jul 6, 2017

The director of the Loreto Bay National Park, Alejandro González, said that portable ecological baths will be installed onsite, in order to strengthen the care and protection of the ecosystem. “In that sense, he commented that, due to the recurring problems with latrines located on Coronado Island, several meetings were held with tourism service providers, civil society organizations, local authorities, and the National Park Directorate, where the situation was analyzed, and viable solutions sought”, he said. For that reason, necessary agreements were established and it was decided to remove the latrines to give way to the adaptation of a space where visitors and providers of tourist services will be able to locate the portable ecological bathrooms. “This way we will stop contaminating Coronado Island and other natural attractions located within Bahia de Loreto National Park”, he added. Gonzalez ended up declaring that he is only waiting to complete the corresponding procedures, to make way for their adaptation and start with the installation of these ecological bathrooms. With information of El Sudcaliforniano...

Profepa attended pilot whale stranding in La Paz

Profepa attended pilot whale stranding in La Paz

Jul 5, 2017

The Federal Attorney General’s Office for Environmental Protection (Profepa) assisted in the stranding of a pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) in the Bay of La Paz, despite efforts and attempts to return it to deeper waters by PROFEPA agents, the whale died moments later. The events occurred when staff of this government agency received a report on the sighting of a whale near the shore, reason why they immediately activated the Network of Care for Sea Mammal Strandings and went to the place, where the cetacean was found stranded on the beach. In coordination with the Surveillance Network for Marine Mammals for the Coast of Baja California Sur, including the aforementioned unit, as well as representatives of the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, the Museum of the Whale, La Paz Municipal Police, and tourists who were in the site, began the work to return the 6.4 meters-long animal to its habitat. The “pilot”, which belongs to the family Delphinidae was aided by returning it to deeper waters where it could swim. Nevertheless, it kept on returning to the beach, swimming erratically in circles until it finally died. Profepa staff carried out a review of the body of the Calderón Tropical or Aleta Corta (short fin) specimen, without finding evidence of damage by fishing gear, boat propeller or other human activities. The dead body was taken to a site where it did not represent a public health problem, in accordance with the Marine Mammal Strand Care Protocol....

Tourist found dead in Cabo Pulmo BCS was not victim of shark attack

Tourist found dead in Cabo Pulmo BCS was not victim of shark attack

Jul 4, 2017

On May this year, the Attorney General’s Office of Baja California Sur confirmed the finding of the body of Andres Rozada Diego Fernandez, age 33, who disappeared a few days earlier on a beach in Cabo Pulmo National Park. The PGJE acknowledged that the tourist drowned and was not the victim of an animal attack as it had been speculated in local media. The search was attended by 110 elements of rescue and military corporations on boats, a Mexican Navy ship, two helicopters and several all-terrain vehicles, said the director of Civil Protection of the municipality of Los Cabos, Marco Antonio Vázquez. Relatives of the deseased identified the body. Andres was originally from Mexico City, and he was visiting the tourist destination as part of his vacation....

Environmental Activist Illegally Detained in Baja California Sur

Environmental Activist Illegally Detained in Baja California Sur

Jul 3, 2017

On the morning of Friday, May 19th2017, John Moreno, a lawyer and environmental activist, was arrested in Todos Santos, a small town at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Three agents in civilian clothes detained the 36-year-old father of three outside a coffee shop, and drove him to La Paz, the State Capital, in a brand new red pick up truck. At first, Moreno was told only that he needed to appear in court to testify. Once he was inside the vehicle, he was informed that he was under arrest, and his cell phone was confiscated. He was only allowed one phone call at 5 PM – once all government offices were closed for the weekend – ensuring that he encountered a significant delay in preparing his defense strategy. That same day, Joella Corado, a local 28-year-old health food storeowner and a former client of Moreno’s was also arrested and taken to La Paz. Both were accused of aggravated property theft and denied bail. The Tres Santos Connection For the past two years, John Moreno has acted as the pro-bono lawyer and spokesperson for a group of fishermen who oppose a touristic mega development called Tres Santos. Although slickly labelled as a sustainable and inclusive project that promises to create “an epicenter for well-being” for yoga and surf enthusiasts, the development has faced local opposition from the start. With the construction of its beachfront hotel on the dunes of the Punta Lobos beach, Tres Santos jeopardizes a naturally protected ocean access point used by fishermen for generations. Locals also fear that the planned construction of almost 4,500 high end homes will lead to the dramatic and unsustainable growth of a town that today barely reaches 6,000 inhabitants, irreversibly straining an already imperiled water aquifer. Alarmingly, this mega-project does not comply with the Todos Santos development plan (Plan de Desarrollo Urbano) approved in 2012, and yet the developers claim to have received all the necessary permits for construction. None of these permits have (to date) been published or made accessible to the public. Ever since planning and construction began, Tres Santos skillfully combined a seductive media presence – featuring glowing write-ups in Condé Nast Traveler, The New...