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Protected area for whale sharks in La Paz.

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As an endangered species and a local presence in the Bay of La Paz whale sharks attract a lot of attention and draw a great many tourists to the area every year.

For these reasons SEMARNAT (the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources) has decided it is time to allocate a special protected zone for these creatures. The designated area is likely to be the marine area next to El Mogote, in the Bay of La Paz.

The increase of tourist activities “like swimming with sharks” has led to some concerns. Researchers who have been studying the whale shark population over a number of years have noticed changes in patterns of behaviour. And these could be related to the close proximity of tourist boats and related tourist activities.

SEMARNAT believe that a designated zone with tighter regulations is the best way to both protect the species and to ensure the industry as a permanent tourist attraction.

The study is already underway and will be reviewing things like speed limits, routes, number of permits, proximity to the animals as well as a rezoning of the bay area. It will be completed by the end of the year.

SEMARNAT believe the new regulations will enable tour operators to provide a better and safer service that places the care and survival of these animals as the top priority. 

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