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Puerto Peñasco named authorized area for whale sightings

Whale sighting activities off the coast of Puerto Peñasco have been officially authorized by the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources under Mexican Official Law NOM-131-SEMARNAT-2010, which establishes regulations for whale watching excursions for the 2020 season from January 1st thru April 30th.

This means whale watching tours that allow tourists to get an up-close encounter with these “Sea Giants” is now an officially authorized activity in Puerto Peñasco, provided compliance with regulations.

Harbormaster Luis Castro Galan confirmed the official publication, which he says will benefit tourism, strengthen safety and protocol training, as well as provide tour operators with resources.

Castro Galan stated Puerto Peñasco was included within the official regulations for whale watching and habitat preservation activities following a request of the harbormaster’s office, tourism service providers, and National Commission on Protected Natural Areas (CONANP), given the presence of whales in the area early in the year.

This certification makes Puerto Peñasco the only spot in Sonora where this practice is officially recognized.