Heroes Wanted

We’re looking for heroes who are willing to help other heroes protect the natural richness of Mexican seas. People who’re conscious about nature and who treasure the diversity of flora and fauna that inhabit ecosystems in northeastern Mexico.

You could be one of those heroes.

Your charity would certainly help us to continue working for the conservation, surveillance and sustainable use of the natural resources of our country. Become a part of this effort.

Join Paralelo 28 and contribute to this good cause.

¡BE A HERO!

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What is Paralelo 28

Several organizations –Sociedad Civil Pronatura Noroeste A.C., Red de Observadores Ciudadanos La Paz, Eco-Alianza de Loreto A.C. y Sociedad de Historia Natural Niparajá, A.C.– came together to form Paralelo 28, a non-profit initiative which aims to involve businesses, tourism service suppliers, tourists, fishermen and society in general, in the defense and safeguard of protected natural areas.

We’re looking for heroes who can help Paralelo 28 to keep on working on the conservation of marine biodiversity in northwestern Mexico.

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Areas of Action

Paralelo 28 promotes strict vigilance and sustainable use of resources in several protected areas. We aim to improve our surveillance strategy in order to reduce the incidence of irregularities in sites such as:

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National Park

ISLAS MARIETAS

NAYARIT

Islas Marietas

The Islas Marietas mean as much to Nayarit as the Eiffel Tour means to París. They’re considered an icon: Nayarit’s face to the world.

The Islas Marietas main attractions are the Playa Escondida (Hidden Beach) or Playa del Amor (Beach of Love) and the sighting of humpback whales that visit Mexican waters during Winter. The reef diving and dolphin watching complement extraordinarily these protected areas recognized by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. Additionally, the Islas Marietas are an important nesting, shelter, reproduction and transit area of 92 seabird species. This National Park covers an area of ​​1,383 hectares and consists of two islands, two islets and the sea that surrounds them. It is 6 mi away from Punta Mita, 20 mi away from Nuevo Vallarta and 24 mi away from Puerto Vallarta, three very popular tourist destinations in Bahía de Banderas. High and mismanaged visitation could endanger the ecosystem. Therefore, we’re working along with the government, the tourism industry and civil society organizations to ensure that this National Park –part of the world heritage– maintains its ecological function, its natural beauty and its economic importance.

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Natural Wealth:

There are more than 92 species of native and migratory aquatic and sub-aquatic birds that nest, take refuge, reproduce and migrate to the Islas Marietas. There is a total of 115 species of fish, sharks and rays in the area, including 10 species of marine mammals, dolphins and whales, among others. The coral reefs are home to over 200 species while the terrestrial part of the islands includes 11 species of iguanas, lizards, rattlesnakes, tortoises and turtles.

 
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BAHÍA DE LORETO

BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR

Loreto, Baja California Sur.

This is the protected natural area that houses the greatest diversity of marine mammals in Mexico. About 75% of the marine mammal species that visit Mexican coasts can be found in Bahía de Loreto throughout the year, including the world’s largest animal: the blue whale, as well as killer whales, dolphins, sea lions and sperm whales.

Bahía de Loreto is a region of global importance, as it serves as a relevant breeding, feeding and migration area for diverse species.

Its beauty and natural richness is a magnet for tourists, who visit Bahía de Loreto to perform a wide variety of activities such as whale watching, sport fishing, kayaking, diving and sailing.

It is therefore important to ensure that coexistence with nature is done in a sustainable way.

The Bahía de Loreto National Park covers more than 200,000 hectares and is located off the coast of Loreto in the eastern central side of Baja California Sur. It is formed by five islands: Coronados, Danzante, del Carmen, Catalana and Monserrat.

 

HOW TO HELP

Paralelo 28 invests the resources generated in the campaign “Se Buscan Héroes” (Heroes Wanted) to protect the area, by ensuring the presence of vigilantes at sea. This is made possible thanks to Pronatura Noroeste AC, along with the cooperation of the authorities in the area.

 

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Natural wealth:

The Bahía de Loreto National Park is home to marine mammal species including communities of sea lions and dolphins, together with rays, sharks, turtles, and of course whales. In the marine zone there also live crustaceans such as lobster, shrimp, and crab, and a great variety of fish like snapper, spotted bass, tilapia, grouper, tuna and dorado. Along the coastal zone birds may be seen including yellow-legged gulls, brown pelicans, ospreys and boobies, among others.

 
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LOS ÁNGELES

BAJA CALIFORNIA

Bahía de Los Ángeles

The Bahía de los Ángeles Biosphere Reserve stands out as the most biologically productive area of the Gulf of California. In its cold, nutrient-rich waters, important populations of whales, dolphins, seabirds, turtles and fish –including whale sharks– inhabit. This biosphere reserve, which today enjoys an excellent state of conservation, is a valuable natural asset for Mexico and the world. Within the area there are about 50 islands; one of them is home to 95% of the world population of seacocks and seagulls. According to the Ramsar Convention –The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance–, the coastal wetlands of the Corredor La Asamblea-San Francisquito are globally significant, as they represent a critical habitat for resting, nesting, breeding and feeding waterfowl and shorebirds.

 

The Bahía de los Ángeles region covers an area of almost 450,000 hectares protected throughout the Bahía de los Ángeles Biosphere Reserve and the San Lorenzo National Park.

 

HOW TO HELP

Paralelo 28 invests the resources generated in the campaign “Se Buscan Héroes” (Heroes Wanted) to protect the area, by ensuring the presence of vigilantes at sea. This is made possible thanks to Pronatura Noroeste AC, along with the cooperation of the authorities in the area.

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Natural wealth:

The waters of the Bahía de Los Ángeles are a refuge for the fin whale, the second largest animal in existence on our planet, only beaten by the blue whale. Dolphins abound, and the islands are home to several colonies of sea lions. Bahía de Los Ángeles boasts the most important population of brown pelicans in the Gulf of California. Another bird of remarkable beauty that is easy to spot in the area is the osprey.

 

BAHÍA DE LA PAZ

BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR

BAHÍA DE LA PAZ

Right in the Bahía de La Paz area, there is a valuable biodiversity that provides important environmental services for both the country and the world. The Espíritu Santo Archipelago and Balandra are two natural protected areas that ensure the preservation of the zone.

 

In this archipelago, tourism enjoys unsurpassed landscapes that reflect a beautiful contrast between the sea and the desert. The tranquility of its beaches and biodiversity are two of its main attributes.

 

Tourists can enjoy the contact with nature aboard a yacht, sailboat, panga or kayak; they can either walk through the licensed trails or lounge on the beaches designed for recreation and camping. It’s our responsibility to treasure this privileges so that future generations can enjoy them too.

 

Balandra is another unique site in Mexico due to its biological, landscape and social values. One of its beaches hosts a rocky formation known as El hongo de Balandra, which is a regional icon that has served as an emblem for the city of La Paz, in Baja California.

 

Balandra has an area of 2,521 hectares and stands out as a site for breeding, sheltering and reproducing migratory and resident birds, as well as several marine species that are important to the fishing industry. In addition, it is the coastal wetland with the largest extension of mangrove in Bahía de la Paz –a mangrove is a woody tree or shrub that positively contributes to the environment by capturing CO2 from the atmosphere, producing oxygen, serving as a breeding ground for various marine species, among other inputs–.

 

HOW TO HELP

Paralelo 28 invests the resources generated in the campaign “Se Buscan Héroes” (Heroes Wanted) to protect the area, by ensuring the presence of vigilantes at sea. This is made possible thanks to Pronatura Noroeste AC, along with the cooperation of the authorities in the area.

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Natural wealth:

The Bahía de La Paz zone is inhabited by marine mammals such as dolphins, sea lions and whales. There are crustaceans such as crabs, shrimps, and lobsters; mollusks such as octopus, squid, scallops, clams, mussels and a huge variety of colored snails. The bay includes a great range of fish including rooster fish, dorado, marlin, mackerel, moray eels and rays, among others.

 
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CABO PULMO

BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR

Cabo Pulmo National Park, Baja California Sur.

Cabo Pulmo is the best example of marine conservation in Mexico. It houses the largest coral reef and one of the oldest in the American Pacific.

 

Considered as one of the most successful marine reserves worldwide, the reef is habitat for numerous species that over 21 years of protection have been increasing in number and size.

 

Ensuring that the successful effort of so many years continues to fructify is everyone’s job. That is why we collaborate with the authorities and the local community to carry out long-term conservation strategies.

 

Today, Cabo Pulmo National Park is referred to as a conservation jewel, as it contains 11 species of hard coral and 25% of the fish species reported in the Gulf of California. In addition, it is considered a valuable ecosystem due to the various environmental contributions it makes to the local community, such as serving as a breeding ground for marine species.

 

HOW TO HELP

Paralelo 28 invests the resources generated in the campaign “Se Buscan Héroes” (Heroes Wanted) to protect the area, by ensuring the presence of vigilantes at sea. This is made possible thanks to Pronatura Noroeste AC, along with the Sociedad de Historia Natural Niparajá AC.

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Natural wealth:

Of the 875 species of fish recorded in the Gulf of California, 226 of them can be found in Cabo Pulmo. Typical species in the Cabo Pulmo area are marlin, sailfish, dorado fish and rooster fish, plus grouper, gulf grouper and parrotfish, among others. Species of mollusks include the long-spine murex shell, the pink murex shell, and pearl oyster. The species of greatest value include five kinds of marine turtles considered to be “at risk of extinction”.

 

Protected Natural Areas

Protected natural areas are the cornerstone of global strategies for the conservation of biodiversity, maintenance of ecosystems and equitable sharing of benefits.

The main goal of Paralelo 28 is to increase compliance with the regulations to conserve and recover the species and critical ecosystems, and thus promote the sustainable use of natural resources.

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Risks and threats

Mexican seas are subject to risks and threats. Paralelo 28 designs, implements strategies and creates alliances to promote respect towards the current regulations which preserve our natural resources.

THE OVER-EXPLOITATION OF MARINE RESOURCES.

NON SUSTAINABLE AQUACULTURE.

ILLEGAL FISHING.

CATCH OF ENDANGERED SPECIES.

COASTAL DEVELOPMENT WITHOUT INTEGRAL VISION.

MINING.

THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON ECOSYSTEMS.

DISORDERLY AND UNREGULATED TOURIST ACTIVITIES.

PARALELO 28 WAY OF WORKING

In Paralelo 28 we promote continuous vigilance of protected natural areas in order to preserve them. As a non-profit initiative, we raise and channel funds to help enhance respect for nature. In addition, we perform various actions through our members and partners.

WE EVALUATE LOCALLY

WE EVALUATE LOCALLY

We detect the challenges and needs of each protected area.

WE ENCOURAGE CONTINUED COORDINATION

WE ENCOURAGE CONTINUED COORDINATION

We keep in touch with government agencies, community organizations and civil society to monitor protected areas.

WE PLAN AND EVALUATE

WE PLAN AND EVALUATE

Together, with local units and authorities, we develop and evaluate operational and investment plans.

WE INCREASE SURVEILLANCE

WE INCREASE SURVEILLANCE

We support the permanent presence of authorities to increase surveillance in protected areas.

WE TRAIN PEOPLE AND SPREAD IMPORTANT INFORMATION

WE TRAIN PEOPLE AND SPREAD IMPORTANT INFORMATION

We inform vigilantes and users about the importance of complying with regulations.

WE LOOK FOR LONG-TERM FINANCING

WE LOOK FOR LONG-TERM FINANCING

We develop financing schemes that allow the permanence of inspection and surveillance programs.

WE ACQUIRE EQUIPMENT

WE ACQUIRE EQUIPMENT

We invest in infrastructure and equipment that will facilitate and support effective supervision and monitoring actions.

WE MONITOR AREAS

WE MONITOR AREAS

Rangers, vigilantes and inspectors tour the land and the sea, documenting and reporting any anomalies.

WE DOCUMENT AND SYSTEMISE

WE DOCUMENT AND SYSTEMISE

We use technological tools to integrate and analyze the results of the tours. This allows us to plan future operations and demonstrate the proper use of resources.

WHAT WE DO WITH YOUR DONATION

For us, it is important that you get to know and trust this project, as well as to understand and believe that you’re making a big difference with your donation.

We hire vigilantes.

Part of the resources is destined to conduct surveillance in the best way possible (gasoline, travel expenses, maintenance of vessels, etc.)

We invest in infrastructure and equipment for the proper protection of areas.

We document surveillance activities and assess their impact.

We develop educational materials to raise awareness on the preservation of natural resources at national, regional and local levels.

Your contribution will help us keep alive our natural areas.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Thank you to all the companies and organizations whose support enables the work of Paralelo 28.

Because the sea cannot defend by itself.

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT FOR SURVEILLANCE:

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THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE CAMPAIGN:

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