With the satisfaction of having obtained important achievements in conservation and
sustainable management within the Upper Gulf of California, the Intercultural Center of
Desert and Ocean Studies (CEDO) is set to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary during the
months of October and November, reports CEDO Director Peggy Turk Boyer.
Turk Boyer underscored during the past three decades they have had success in the
sustainability of coastal management, environmental education and rational fishing
She stated that sustainability is the word defining festivities surrounding CEDO’s 30th
anniversary, explaining the center first opened its doors in Puerto Peñasco in 1980 with
programs focused on research and education.
During the last decade, stressed Turk Boyer, a lot of attention has been given to
conservation and management of the Northern Gulf ecosystem, as the visión of CEDO
is that all residents and visitors to the Northern Gulf understand, appreciate and
participate in sustainable activities and actions that support a healthy, flourishing and
Among their achievements, she explained, are included participation in the formation of
the Pinacate and Upper Gulf Biosphere Reserves in this region, recognition by
SEMARNAT for environmental conservation and education, as well as programs with
schools, fishermen, and the community, among many others.
She acknowledged the relationship with the local fishing sector has not always been
easy. Yet, over time they have created necessary and sufficient work spaces with the
common objective of obtaining better benefits from the Upper Gulf through
simultaneous tasks for its preservation.
The CEDO Director emphasized the method is to learn about the region through
research, sharing the results of this research through educational activities and using this
knowledge to bring people together in the protection of this ecosystem.
Turk Boyer detailed they will hold the Saturarte Festival on October 9th as part of
CEDO’s 30th anniversary festivities. This will consist of an ecotour encompassing the
Morua estuary and oyster cultivation cooperative located near the CEDO camp. There,
people will be able to learn more about the ecotourism projects and members of the
She remarked the celebration will continue on October 30th with the holding of the
Educational Day of Discovering Nature with CEDO: A day of learning, exploration and
discovery for the whole family, where people will be able to participate in activities led
by CEDO scientists, those in the field and staff who will provide instruction concerning
the flora and fauna in the Northern Gulf of California.
She noted on that same date they will unveil the restored whale skeleton, which has
served as a symbol for CEDO for many years.
The CEDO Director confirmed they will hold the 30th Anniversary Gala and Award
Ceremony on November 13th.
“This event, which culminates our anniversary celebrations, includes a fundraising
auction and raffle, live music, typical foods and opportunities to meet other members of
CEDO, associates and staff,” she explained.
Peggy Turk Boyer added that various attendees would be honored for their contributions
to conservation, research and education in the Gulf of California over the last three