Whether it’s from pollution, over fishing or climate change, our ocean is suffering in unimaginable ways. Luckily, Mexico has decided to ban fishing in an area of 57,000 square miles.
This means that species such as whales, sea turtles and rays can no longer be caught here.
It’s thought that hundreds of species use this area to breed, and that fishing has been causing a big toll on the lifecycle of the creatures that live there.
The BBC says: “The area, which is about 250 miles (400km) south-east of the country’s Baja California peninsula has been described as the Galapagos of North America, because of its volcanic nature and unique ecology.”
The navy will be protecting the area from potential fishermen, and the site was made a UNESCO world heritage area back in 2016.
According to Livekindly:“Mexico’s president, Enrique Pena Nieto signed a decree to make this expanse an official marine reserve park – not only forbidding fishing but also forbidding the extraction of any natural resources or building new infrastructure.”
Fishing continues to wreck havoc on the ocean, decimating sea creatures and their homes in the process. It’s amazing to see Mexico taking such a positive step in the right direction, and hopefully other countries will follow suit.