by Owen James Burke
Thousands upon thousands of bigeye jacks, now worth more dead than alive, swarm David Castro, whose father spearheaded the conservation project. Photo: Dr. Octavio Aburto Oropeza.
Two decades ago, the fishing industry–and ecosystem–of Baja, Mexico’s remote seaside village of Cabo Pulmo was on the verge of collapse. A local took initiative, scoured the oceanography world and grassroots activists (from near and far) to bring the bay back to what it once was.