Marine research institute near Rocky Point honored

arizona daily star

A marine research institute near Rocky Point is a winner of Mexico’s top National Conservation of Nature Award.

CEDO, which has operated for 27 years in the northern Gulf of California, won the award in the category of non-governmental organizations. CEDO stands for the Centro Intercultural de Estudios de Desiertos y Oceanos, or the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans.

CEDO is on the beach about an hour’s drive south of the U.S.-Mexico border, near the popular tourist destination of Rocky Point, or Puerto Peñasco.

As a non-profit natural-history resource center and biological field station, CEDO is a destination for schoolchildren and college-level researchers alike.

It annually hosts 15,000 to 20,000 visitors from Mexico and the United States.

“We are absolutely thrilled to receive this honor. As everyone knows, there are a lot of challenges in conservation today. It is very gratifying to know that our efforts, although sometimes controversial, are appreciated by authorities at the national level in Mexico,” CEDO Executive Director Peggy J. Turk Boyer said in a news release from the center’s U.S. office in Tucson.

CEDO will receive its award Tuesday, Mexico’s National Conservation Day.

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