Fish Populations in the Sea of Cortez Are Rebounding Thanks to a Marine-Protected Area

Check out this amazing photo of a giant school of fish in Cabo Pulmo

November 3, 2018

Cabo Pulmo National Park

Photo by Anuar Patjane Floriuk

The reefs near Cabo Pulmo, in Mexico's Sea of Cortez, once swarmed with fish—until, because of overfishing, they didn't anymore. In 1995, a marine-protected area called Cabo Pulmo National Park was established there, and commercial fishing was prohibited. Since then, fish populations have more than quad­rupled. Here, a school of bigeye trevallies checks out a diver.

This article appeared in the November/December 2018 edition with the headline "School of Thought."