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2012-05-15. Saving the Wonders of the Sea of Cortez

posted Jun 26, 2012, 10:42 AM by Lisa Ou
 | by Tim Folger, OnEarth. An article relevant to GSS Losing Biodiversity chapter 7. Excerpt: In 2009…a research team…conducted an extensive survey of the Sea of Cortez, documenting the effects of overfishing and habitat loss. Fish have completely disappeared from some reefs in the northern part of the sea. The absence of grazing fish may explain why bacteria now cover the reefs, a phenomenon referred to by one of the researchers as the rise of the slime. For much of the past decade, Aburto Oropeza has been working with scientists in the United States and Mexico to identify habitats that are crucial for the long-term viability of fisheries in the Sea of Cortez. His research suggests a practical and economical conservation strategy: to save the sea, and the livelihoods of those who depend on its bounty, it might be enough to protect -- with effective enforcement -- a few key clearly defined areas…Since the 1970s, parts of the Sea of Cortez have lost more than a quarter of their mangrove forests, and nationwide the rate of destruction has accelerated, with some 2 percent of the remaining mangroves across Mexico now being cleared each year....Read more: http://www.onearth.org/article/sea-of-wonders