Gray whales connect California’s marine protected areas to the mangrove lagoons and coastal islands of the Baja California peninsula.

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Over the years, there have been continuous pressures to convert the gray whale lagoon’s pristine shorelines of Baja California into mega-industrial and tourism development ventures that would obliterate the important ecosystems and wildlife that the region supports. Such pressures paired with climate change are ongoing threats faced by these gentle giants.

WILDCOAST collaborates with local communities and Mexico’s government to ensure the conservation and protection of gray whale nursery habitat along the Baja California Peninsula and offshore waters that are critical for the survival of the species.


We protect gray whale habitat through federal zone concessions, easements, education, and outreach.

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We work with the San Ignacio Lagoon Conservation Alliance, Mexico's National Commission for Protected Natural Areas, fishermen, and local communities in the Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve and Bahia Magdalena to enhance protections of gray whale lagoons.

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Our programs support and protect the beauty, vibrancy, and biodiversity of coral reefs in Mexico and Cuba.

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miles of shoreline around gray whale breeding lagoons protected on the Baja California Peninsula


acres in Laguna San Ignacio protected against proposal for world's largest salt mine


million acre Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve management plan updated, home of four gray whale breeding lagoons


gray whale-themed public murals painted in Ensenada, Baja California


students in Mexico engaged in gray whale education activities in 2020


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Sea turtles are key to healthy oceans, but now face extinction. WILDCOAST is rebuilding their population by improving nesting beaches, reducing turtle consumption, and supporting eco-tourism.
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As global temperatures rise, sea levels are climbing. In partnership with Mexico’s National Commission for Protected Natural Areas, WILDCOAST is helping conserve thousands of acres of carbon-storing mangroves in northwest Mexico.
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Coral reefs play an important role in sustaining our oceans and global economies. WILDCOAST is working to conserve coral reefs throughout Mexico and Cuba by establishing protected areas and promoting reef stewardship and education.
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Mangroves are among the world’s greatest carbon sequestering plants, absorbing carbon from the atmosphere and storing it within their rich soils.
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In 1971 the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance was signed as an international treaty for worldwide wetland conservation. Wetlands are recognized for their ecological importance on a global scale, acting as buffers for coastal communities and providing important habitat for thousands of species.
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From the rugged coast of Northern California to the vibrant shores of Oaxaca and across borders, the oceans connect us all. Our programs establish new marine protected areas, deter poachers and build conservation capacity in local communities.
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Spanning the Baja California peninsula are millions of acres of protected areas that include open ocean, rugged islands, mangrove lagoons and wilderness coastline.
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