Mexican MPAsJanuary 17 2018
I will be traveling to Mexico in late January and early February 2018 to document the economic and biodiversity benefits of Marine Protected Areas. The expedition will include stops in Cabo Pulmo National Park, an area where local fishermen decided to stop fishing in 1995 to allow marine life to recover & one of only 3 coral reefs on the west coast of North America, as well as the Revillagigedo Archipelago, a pelagic area where President Enrique Peña Nieto expanded protections in late 2017, making it the largest Marine Protected Area of North America. The expedition will examine economic and ecological benefits in the short term and long term, and use a Trident ROV to document life beyond usual diving depth limits.
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I am an avid diver, having explored underwater sites who has dived 7 seas. I have done marine conservation work through helping to found and grow the Sustainable Ocean Alliance, as well as supporting Marine Conservation Institute's Global Ocean Refuge System-- an initiative to help incentivize strong protections of 30% of the world's oceans.
I also write about ocean issues as a contributor to Huffington Post and will publish about my OpenExplorer expeditions: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/sebastian-nicholls
Past expeditions have resulted in video and photo assets used for raising awareness, driving political engagement, and encouraging greater protections of marine ecosystems.