As part of its One Ocean Initiative, Eco-Alianza earlier this month kicked off a new campaign to engage Loreto's first-line service providers, captains of Pangas, in supporting and implementing the new Management Plan for the Bahia de Loreto National Park (PNBL). The campaign aims also to help promote the business culture and personal brand of the first-line workers – Capitanes Loretanos, who provide their services in the sport fishing and ecotour sectors, and traditionally have served as a magnet for Loreto tourism.
Hotel La Misión Adds a Touch of Elegance to 12th Anniversary Gala, Nov. 16. The Board and Staff of Eco-Alianza are proud of the advances we have made this year, and are eager to share some news about them at the upcoming 12th Anniversary Fundraising Gala, hosted by Hotel La Mision the evening of November 16. If you have not yet reserved your space, please do not delay as this event has sold out the last six years in a row. This will truly be an evening to remember, beginning with an amazing venue. If you are new to Hotel La Mision's 5th floor banquet room, you are in for a exceptional treat. According to General Manager Maria Gamez Castro, the “palapa roof terrace” took a year and a half to complete, including exquisite craftsmanship in the wood structure and thousands of woven palm leaves in the palapa-style roof. Windows on the entire east and west sides of the main hall provide panoramic views of the sea and Isla Del Carmen on one side and of the Sierra La Giganta mountains on the other. Egyptian marble floors throughout are perfect for dancing!
This past week, Eco-Alianza joined 14 other NGOs throughout northwestern Mexico, to participate in an annual conservation event managed by The Ocean Conservancy. The International Coastal Cleanup is billed as “the world's largest volunteer effort on behalf of ocean and waterway health.” Last year more than a million volunteers took part worldwide. In addition to picking up litter, volunteers fill out data cards recording every piece of trash collected, ultimately helping scientists trace the sources of ocean pollution.
Over the course of just a few days earlier this month, the scene at grocery stores, convenience stores, restaurants, and businesses in Loreto took on a decidedly “greener” hue. The state law, passed by the state's Chamber of Deputies on July 18, 2018, went into effect on August 16 – requiring stores to stop providing free single-use plastic grocery bags, plastic straws, and styrofoam takeout containers. At nearly every store monitored in the days following the deadline, plastics were scarce – being replaced by paper bags, cloth bags, and in some cases shoppers simply wheeling their shopping carts directly to the parking lot without using bags at all.
Eco-Alianza and UC Natural Reserve System Enter Formal Partnership Photo courtesy of UCNRS Eco-Alianza will visit the Bodega Marine Reserve later this summer. Eco-Alianza's founders and supporters couldn't have been more elated by the "Breaking News" introduced at the top of last month's Soundings. A five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of California establishes Loreto as an official "Sister Reserve" and names Eco-Alianza as the Mexican entity empowered to shepherd potentially dozens of scientific [...]
BREAKING NEWS ~ Eco-Alianza Signs Sister Reserve Agreement with the University of California Natural Reserve System As this issue of Soundings goes to “press” we have received exciting news from California, detailed in an introductory announcement from the University of California Natural Reserve System (view the announcement by clicking HERE). This initiative is an important project Eco-Alianza has been working to develop for five years and will benefit Loreto in countless ways. Our July Soundings newsletter will be a SPECIAL EDITION focused entirely on the new Sister Reserve agreement with UCNRS.
The day after Earth Day, 2019, Mexico's federal register published a revised Bay of Loreto National Park Management Plan – abrogating the 2002 version and making official the results of an extensive process that began more than 10 years ago, when numerous public hearings and participative processes in and around Loreto developed a community consensus.
Anticipation is building for Eco-Alianza's second annual One Ocean Film Festival. In last month's Soundings we announced the four feature films we've planned for this year's two-night festival. In addition, we are pleased to announce that Friday night's line-up will begin with an introduction by director Eréndira Valle of La Paz, who will screen her 12-minute short film, Whale Sharks of La Paz. The documentary explores conservation efforts to protect these massive creatures in the southern part of our state.
Plan to be at Eco-Alianza’s CenCoMA headquarters on Thursday at 5 p.m., as Marine Biologist Christian Raúl Torres Romero recounts details of his six research trips to the Biosphere Reserve of Isla Guadalupe, 220 miles southwest of Ensenada.
For some of us it seems surprising that a new year is upon us and that almost a month has already slipped by. At Eco-Alianza we're still exceedingly proud of the year just passed, and want to share with our supporters a glimpse at some of the highlights.