Coastal protection in San Quintín Bay

Nowadays, over 3706 acres of land in San Quintín Bay have been protected as destination agreements and concessions. These areas are part of the biological heritage of Mexico that remains protected and conserved for nature benefit and the enjoyment of human kind.

The joined efforts of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp) and Terra Peninsular regarding the destination agreements and concessions are conducted through a collaboration covenant and annual work plans in which are defined actions of surveillance, biological monitoring and other activities, the goal of these actions is to conserve and protect the biodiversity of the Terrestrial and Maritime Federal Zone of Mexico (Zofemat) and other priority sites located inside the Ramsar site.

Since 2012, 19 coastal areas have been identified as priority sites in San Quintín Bay: 5 as concessions (79 acres) and 14 segments were managed as destination agreements (3919 acres).

The objective of the destination agreements and the concessions is to protect and keep the natural biodiversity of the Terrestrial and Maritime Federal Zone of Mexico, which includes a sixty six feet wide’s strip of free access ground along the beach representing the public domain assets of the federation. The destination agreements and concessions are also a protection against the uses that have an impact on the environment, such as touristic development, mining, extraction of resources, among others.

Destination agreements are granted under the service of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp). In the case of San Quintín, the place is monitored and supervised through a work agreement with Terra Peninsular. With that specific tool of protection, the conservation of the ecosystem and the protection of flora and fauna are for an indefinite time.

Concessions are the parcels granted by the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) to individuals or organizations, like Terra Peninsular, for a determined time for the management and the use of it.

Once the destination agreements or the concessions approved, the notification is published in the Official Journal of the Federation (Diario Oficial de la Federacion) then the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) officially entrust these areas to the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp).

List of destination agreements

  • 10/03/12 Southwest Wetland: 12 Acres
  • 12/08/14 Panteón Inglés Sur Wetland: 19 Acres
  • 12/23/15 Panteón Inglés Norte Wetland: 15 Acres
  • 12/23/15 Punta Azufre: 13 Acres
  • 06/29/16 Arco Central Wetland: 2 Acres
  • 07/01/16 San Simón Wetland: 43 Acres
  • 07/05/16 El Playón (San Ramón Beach): 62 Acres
  • 07/05/16 Molino Viejo (San Quintín Bay): 64 Acres
  • 09/14/16 Monte Ceniza: 30 Acres
  • 12/01/16 Barra Mazo Interior: 105 Acres
  • 12/ 01/16 Flooding Area Laguna Figueroa: 3228 Acres
  • 01/31/17 Barra Mazo Exterior: 32 Acres
  • 02/01/17 Laguna Figueroa: 218 Acre
  • 10/24/17 Punta Azufre: 75 Acres

List of concessions

  • 04/28/09 Arco Norte Wetland: 7 Acres
  • 04/28/09 Chapala Wetland: 42 Acres
  • 05/21/09 Arco Sur Wetland: 8 Acres
  • 05/21/09 North Kenton Wetland: 8 Acres
  • 05/21/09 South Kenton Wetland: 13 Acres