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Ensenada Economy – All Saints Bay

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch, we are going back from whence we came.” — John F. Kennedy

The ocean is a source of substances and profit, it’s a means to travel and explore a world amongst our own. I am originally from Ensenada, Mexico, in the state of Baja California. All Saints Bay in Ensenada is full of several sources of economic gains. Two times a week large cruise ships dock at the harbor and the streets of downtown Ensenada are filled with eager tourist wanting an authentic Baja California experience.

 

Downtown and the harbor are littered with various competing business all claiming that their product is the best. Baja, and Ensenada in particular, is characterized by a culture that is deeply rooted to the sea. Fresh mariscos cheep beer, day or weekend charted fishing trips and wild coastal waves are some of the features that make this place a world renowned destination for travel. Tourism, seafood, and imports exports are some of the major drivers of this regions economy. Ensenada is define by these coastal amenities and has grown into a culture of that can only exists because of its close proximity to the ocean. 

Being a native to Ensenada, my roots are similarly tied to the ocean. My family has always owned seafood restaurants, originally amongst this coastal community in Ensenada and then later in California. One of my uncles works at the harbor and deals with the export of fish and other seafoods, and another uncle owns a floating bait shop which supplies the many boasts that use this region for sport fishing. 

These are some of the variety of viable business that all heavily rely on coastal resources, All Saints Bay is one of many coastal regions where the cities build around them and the inhabitants of these cities, depend on the ocean, for substances and for economic stability. The business and economic profits gained by these coastal resources not only sustain Ensenada’s economy, but also help define a culture that promote further economic gains.

Waking up earlier one morning to help my cousins open up shop I got to see the bay wake up and come to life. Floating giants are loaded and unloaded with large crates filled with various products and produce. The fish markets are filled with the days catch and the small local restaurants owners line the narrow alleyways to get fist picks for the days Baja  fish tacos or seafood ceviche. The bay is completely defined by the economic benefit of its location on the coast.

2 Comments

  1. You picked a really great lens. I liked reading about the economic aspect of the beach. You mentioned in your post about the fish markets and how they are filled with the days catch. I feel like this type of market has such an essential impact on our community. I feel that markets like this brings people closer to to their food, so that they can appreciate where it came from. It is easy to be disconnected when you open up a plastic package to get your dinner but when you can see the fresh catch in the windows of the small local restaurants, it makes food personal. Where you happy to escape your family owned seafood restaurants? Or are you longing to go home? Personally, Id be torn between both worlds and would selfishly want both. Thanks!
    Thank you!

    • Sanchez-ramirez

      November 12, 2018 at 5:45 am

      Huggins, thank you for your comment. I think having personal connections to our food is essential to understanding the roles of the ecological services that feed us. I agree that the majority of the public is greatly uniformed about where their food comes from causing several misinterpretations about how ecological systems should be managed. I wouldn’t say that I escaped our seafood restaurants, we were more so pushed out due to unforeseeable events. I visit Ensenada as often as I can and while there try to engage and ask as many questions as I can to better understand how they manage their ocean ecosystem and what services they utilize.

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