Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park

We are combining oceanographic, passive acoustic telemetry, biological, underwater monitoring, fisheries, and economic data to understand the benefits Cabo Pulmo, a national marine park, brings to adjacent fisheries and local communities.

We are combining oceanographic, passive acoustic telemetry, biological, underwater monitoring, fisheries, and economic data to understand the benefits Cabo Pulmo, a marine reserve, brings to adjacent fisheries and local communities. MPAs can protect fish spawning aggregations (FSAs) and this translates into socio-economic benefits to local communities. Our hypothesis is that well-enforced marine reserves can produce direct, market-based benefits to surrounding communities. Well-designed and enforced marine reserves can also help reverse current trends of ecological degradation, create healthy marine ecosystems, and support the economic sustainability of coastal communities through the ecosystem services they provide.