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Expanded Marine Reserve Off Mexico’s Pacific Coast Could Be Boon To Dive Tourism

The proposed expansion of the Revillagigedo marine park southwest of Mexico’s Pacific coast could be a financial boon to dive operators in the region.

The Mexican government announced the marine reserve expansion earlier this month in Malta at the Our Ocean Conference.

The area currently pulls in about US$15 million/12.8 million Euros per year from dive tourism.

According to a study by the Mexican National Commission of Protected Natural Areas, tourism dollars via divers watching Manta rays in their natural environment provide 57 times more to the national economy than fishing them.

The size of the proposed reserve — which previously only covered the four remote Revillagigedo Islands about 240 miles/386 km southwest of Mexico — will be more than 57,000 square miles/147,629 kilometers.

To learn more about the region, check out’s4 Reasons You Should Dive The Baja California, Mexico.

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.