Considered one of the Baja California peninsula's natural gems, the reefs off of Cabo Pulmo are estimated to be 20,000 years old. In the early 1990’s, after decades of overfishing, the local resident became alarmed when the reefs were no longer the colorful fish-filled playgrounds that John Steinbeck wrote about in his 1951 book "The Log from the Sea of Cortez." The community lobbied and secured protected status for the reef; in 1995, Mexico officially established the Cabo Pulmo National Park, a marine protected area covering 27.5 square miles of the reef. Since that time, every native species of fish has returned, from small herbivores to mid-sized carnivores to top predators. Predatory sharks, massive rays, humpback whales, sea turtles and ospreys are among the many species that now rely on Cabo Pulmo for reproduction, feeding and habitat. Five of the world’s seven endangered species of sea turtle use the reef as a refuge. A 2011 study called the national park the “most robust marine reserve in the world.”
Ms. Lluvia Macklis is the Cabo Pumo Coast Waterkeeper. She is a native of La Ribera. As a staff of Cabo Pulmo Coast Waterkeeper’s parent organization, her work has focused on community outreach, recycling efforts, and environmental education. Since 2013 she has worked on water quality monitoring efforts. She also manages a recycling program in La Ribera to prevent recyclable waste from flowing out into coastal waters. In addition, she heads an environmental education project that engages children and adults in five different towns throughout Cabo Pulmo Coast Waterkeeper’s jurisdiction. She is a graduate of Los Cabos Technological Institute of Higher Studies and of the Baja California Sur College for Scientific and Technical Studies.
Calle Cabo Fierro, esquina con Santa Maria
La Ribera, Baja California Sur