Due to the biological value, approximately 5% of the entire Gulf is under some kind of natural protection. Among the marine protected areas, the Loreto Bay National Park (LBNP) is the largest area under the National Park category and its coastline, with a focus on the urban town of Loreto, is the exclusive jurisdiction zone proposed for the Loreto Coastkeeper program. The Park comprises an area of 206,581 hectares, of which 89% corresponds to a marine area and the remainder to insular zones. Five large islands and 19 islets are contained within the boundaries of the LBNP.
Mr. Alex Martín Estrada Mendoza is a native of Loreto, Baja California Sur. He graduated from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur with a bachelor’s degree in Alternative Tourism. In 2012 he joined the staff of the Loreto-based environmental non-profit Eco-Alianza de Loreto, A.C., the parent organization of Loreto Coastkeeper. He started as part of a project focused on community monitoring for marine and coastal conservation. He helped coalesce local fisher folks, create that project’s first community environmental monitoring committee, and coordinate trainings and outreach to government institutions. Starting in 2013, Mr. Estrada Mendoza became an active team member of Loreto Coastkeeper. As Field and Laboratory Technician, he honed his coastal water quality monitoring and conservation knowledge and professional skills. Between 2013 and 2017, he collaborated as a consultant and field technician in a baseline study that served as the basis for the local municipality’s management plan for the populations of the species Megapitaria squalida, often referred to as chocolate clam or Mexican chocolate clam. He coordinated the monitoring and evaluation activities of the species in a joint effort with local fisher folks, government, research institutions, civil society organizations and foundations.
Miguel Hidalgo SN, Loc 3, Esquina Romanita, Col. Centro
Loreto, Baja California Sur C.P. 23880