National Geographic : 2017 Sep
StewardS of the Sea 73 Baja communities employ different strategies to make a living from the ocean’s resources. Some rely on tourism, including a former fisherman in Bahía Magdalena who takes visitors to see sharks, whales, and pelicans diving for fish (left). Magdalena has suffered from failed conservation efforts, whereas to the north the people of Punta Abreojos carefully manage their resources for high-value products like abalone and lobster (above). For conservation to work, community cohesion and trust are essential. In rural Baja, trust in one’s neighbor can be hard to find, but it’s possible to create it.