5 September 19
The campaign to protect the famous right-hand point break in Oaxaca, Mexico continues to gain ground and build opposition to a project that could destroy this beloved surf ecosystem. In just a couple of months, the petition started by Save The Waves has amassed over 250,000 opposition signatures.
Many things remain unclear about the project, including whether an Environmental Impact Report has been completed. It is evident, however, that the Federal Government is dead set on completing the Isthmus of Tehuantepec rail corridor which includes the new and integral industrial port in Salina Cruz.
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.
Punta Conejo is also an internationally recognized surf break and the development of a new port will have a direct impact on the wave.