Reducing Plastic Pollution in San Quintin Bay, Mexico

Terra Peninsular, A.C. is a non-profit civil association with activities in favor of the conservation of Baja California’s ecosystems, sustainable management of the region’s natural resources, protection of flora and fauna, and promotion of community participation.

San Quintín Bay is one of the most important bodies of water in Baja California, vital for many species of migratory birds and has been home to Japanese oyster culture since 1980. However, this activity is leaving plastic garbage and abandoned cultivation gear within the coastal lagoon, much of which washes up on beaches or sinks to the ocean floor, causing alteration in the nutrient cycle, harmful algal blooms and eutrophication of the ocean floor. The producers of the bay recognise their responsibility in the accumulation of this plastic and working with state government, bird watchers, surfers, hikers, and nature photographers, Terra Peninsular, will remove plastic waste and abandoned or obsolete oyster culture structures. Working with farmers to improve traditional farming gear, replacing plastic bottles with buoys, the project will raise awareness about the impact generated by plastic pollution and sign Marine Conservation Agreements with the different groups involved to guarantee that the efforts to reduce plastic pollution endure in the long term.