Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project Welcomes Mexico’s Largest Fully Protected Marine Reserve; Pew Trust

Mexico – Archipiélago de Revillagigedo

WASHINGTON—The Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project applauds today’s historic move by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who signed a decree creating the Revillagigedo Archipelago National Park—protecting 148,087 square kilometers (57,176 square miles) from all forms of fishing and extractive activities.

The park, the country’s largest fully protected marine reserve, safeguards a chain of four volcanic islands in the Pacific and their surrounding marine habitats, some 800 kilometers west of Manzanillo and almost 400 kilometers south of Cabo San Lucas. The archipelago and its waters were recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2016.

The islands—Socorro, Clarión, San Benedicto, and Roca Partida—are located where the cold waters of the California current converge with the warm waters of the North Equatorial current, creating upwellings that bring nutrients from the bottom of the ocean to the surface.

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