Mexico's list of Ramsar sites reaches 60 Wetlands of International Importance

Mexico's list of Ramsar sites reaches 60 Wetlands of International Importance

23 January 2006

Mexico names two coastal Ramsar sites

The Secretariat is pleased to announce that the government of Mexico has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, two coastal sites on opposite sides of the country, bringing Mexico's total to 60 Ramsar sites covering a surface area of 5,251,208 hectares. Ramsar's Adrián Ruiz-Carvajal has prepared brief descriptions in English and Spanish, and some photos provided by the authorities of one of the sites are appended at the bottom of this page.

Corredor Costero La Asamblea - San Francisquito. 27/11/05; Baja California; 44,304 ha; 29º27'N 113º50'W. The physical characteristics of the site and its coastal, marine and insular diversity promotes the existence of abundant flora and fauna, including around 35% of the 3,452 marine species recorded for the Gulf of California, of which at least 21 are threatened. Among the species present are the marine turtles Chelonia mydas, Caretta caretta, Lepidochelys olivacea, Eretmochelys imbricata and Dermochelys coriacea, as well as the whale shark (Rhincodon typus). The site contains seagrass beds and coral formations, both of which are underrepresented in the Ramsar List. The introduction of exotic species, the collection of eggs, and various other human activities are adversely affecting the site, which is only partially regulated by a management plan. Ramsar site No. 1595.

Laguna de Tamiahua. 27/11/05; Veracruz; 88,000 ha; 20°58'N 097°19'W. The third largest coastal lagoon in Mexico, with the largest well-structured mangrove forest to the north of the Papaloapan river, acting as an industrial and urban waste water filtration and treatment system. The site is also of importance for marine turtles and fish (around 120 registered species). Among the species under protection are the turtle Chelonia mydas (endangered), the fish Poecilia latipunctata (critically endangered) and the sea horse Hippocampus erectus (vulnerable), as well as several waterbird species. Deforestation of the mangrove forest, overfishing and water pollution constitute the greatest threats to the integrity of the Lagoon. Ramsar site No. 1596.

Corredor Costero La Asamblea - San Francisquito