12 July 19
Punta Conejo, a renowned surf break along the coastline of Southern Oaxaca, could be destroyed by the construction of a new industrial port project.
The Mexican Federal Government announced the “Development Plan for the Isthmus of Tehuantepec”, which includes the construction of the Interoceanic Corridor that will connect the ports of Coatzacoalcos, in Veracruz, and Salina Cruz, in Oaxaca, and the introduction of new coastal infrastructure in Salina Cruz.
Save The Waves Coalition, a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting surf ecosystems around the world, has joined local partners Reservas de Surf Mexico, A.C., Wildcoast, and Union de Surfistas y Salvavidas de Salina Cruz, A.C. to implore the Mexican government to explore alternatives with a lower impact on the coastal ecosystem and the economies that depend on it.
The entire habitat that surrounds Punta Conejo surf break is a permanent and temporary home for the reproduction and breeding of listed and vulnerable species, including the leatherback and olive ridley sea turtles. Playa Brasil, Playa Azul and Salinas del Marqués lagoon not only provide habitat for endemic animals and plants but are also economically vital ecosystems for the local fishermen.
Campaign Launch: Protect Punta Conejo!
Working closely with local partners and advocates on the ground, Save TheWaves has launched a campaign to protect Punta Conejo from a new industrial port project.
We need your support to protect this renowned surf break. We are close to 40,000 signatures on our online petition - help us keep it going! Sign and share today.