Conservation status of sea lions in Mexico
The California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) is distributed throughout the northeastern
Pacific, along the west coast of the Baja California Peninsula and within the entirety of the Gulf
It is a protected species under Mexican law, Official Mexican Norm NOM-059 ECOL 1994,
DOF16/05/1994, and is subject to special protection. The International Union for Conservation
of Nature (IUCN, 2014) has catalogued it within its red list of threatened species as a species of
We are an interdisciplinary group of biologists and social communicators, working in synergy
with a variety of involved parties, such as environmental authorities, non government
organizations and tourist outfitters.
We conduct monitoring and vigilance at both the Espírito Santo Archipelago National Marine
Park and the Balandra Flora and Fauna Protected Area, as well as other natural Protected
Areas, where we hold campaigns to disentangle the sea lions. During the campaigns, tissue
samples are taken for scientific investigation. We also train the different authorities and citizen
groups on the disentanglement through remote sedation technique.