By: Visit Sonora Blogger, Escritor.

1. 2022-10-17

The ocean is undoubtedly one of the best gifts that nature has given us.

Hello! Welcome to the VisitSonora blog, where you will find articles about interesting facts for tourists or anyone who wants to visit or learn a little more about our beautiful state.

Today's topic will be nothing more and nothing less than the recent preparation of an artificial reef in San Carlos, the first one in Sonora. If you are not familiar with the term artificial reef, don't worry, here we explain: they are concrete structures and other materials that are incorporated into the marine environment in order to provide habitat, shelter, and growth to the species of flora and fauna that inhabit it. It is funny because we would think sinking things in the sea is always harmful to it, but today this method has worked in many countries because, in addition, they are a good method for the regulation of fishing activity and the creation of areas to develop tourist activities such as sport diving. And looking at it from another point of view, they also encourage the promotion of scientific research activities and the so important environmental education.

You may wonder then how it was created... *And the answer is a vessel: the Ex ARM Ship "Santos" P0106, which had a controlled sinking ceremony to become an artificial reef*, in front of the Tetakawi Hill in the area known as Punta El Cautín in San Carlos, Sonora, on March 3rd of this year 2022. Present were authorities from the State Government, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of the Navy, SEMARNAT, CEDES, Rotary Club, investors who promoted the project, and the media. With the appropriate preventive measures, as well as the corresponding supervision, this space is special for all lovers of diving and this type of recreational activity. Its service will now be directed to the marine ecosystem of the Sea of Cortez by providing a home to thousands of marine species.

You may wonder, is it really that many marine species? And yes, a curious fact about the Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez or Sea of Bermejo, is that it was baptized as the best aquarium in the world by Jacques-Yves Cousteau, a French researcher, explorer, and marine biologist who dedicated his life to the study of the sea and its marine species. In 2005 this region was declared a World Heritage Site.

The ocean is undoubtedly one of the best gifts that nature has given us, and making this kind of action for nature-friendly tourism activities helps us to enjoy all its benefits in a healthy and respectful way. On your next trip to Sonora, join us in San Carlos to visit this new reef, it will be an unforgettable experience!