Mission:To ensure a healthy and sustainable future for an area of marine biodiversity in the north of Quintana Roo, Mexico; which provides a superlative natural phenomenon.
Vision:Functional, multidisciplinary, and connected working groups, interacting to conserve the northeast coast of Quintana Roo, developing environmental education programs, true ecotourism and rational and non-extractive activities; Research and studies focused on sustainable management.
Objective: Obtain the important recognition as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
The area known as "Afuera" (or also "el Azul", blue waters), has received a name from the Mayan words Ahauil meaning Señorío (or Reino) and Ch'ooj, which is blue. Blue Realm in English.
In 2003, the shortage of information on the whale shark was recognized, so it was essential to have experts in the shark study. This collaboration has worked so well that to date we continue after more than a decade and a half. Knowing now that whale sharks in the Gulf of Mexico, in the Caribbean Sea and in the open Atlantic Ocean, it is essential to establish adequate regional management. We participated in the Domino Project (study of the whale shark in the Mexican Atlantic), a project based and sponsored by CONANP / SEMARNAT from 2003 to 2009. Now we collaborate from within our non-profit organization.
Interview by Reuters with Director Rafael de la Parra
The largest fish in the world gathers north of Cancun