I started diving in 2002. I have made more than 700 recreational dives with compressed air or nitrox in SCUBA, mainly in the seas of Mexico.
I am interested in contributing to the conservation of the environment. I am a member of the Advanced Western Tropical Atlantic Fish Recognition Team at the NGO Reef Environmental Educational Foundation (REEF). With this organization I observe and census fish stocks as a volunteer, and I have taught fish recognition courses to national park staff and amateur associations. I have accredited the expert level in the Tropical West Atlantic for REEF, and I have contributed data to professional studies of conservation and recognition of species published in technical journals.
Since 2015 I take underwater photographs with a compact camera, without artificial light. I have contributed to three collective exhibitions organized in Mexico by the Mexican Association of Underwater Image (AMISUB), of which I am a member. In addition, my photographs have illustrated 3 AMISUB calendars, two of them in collaboration with the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO) and with the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). My photographs have also been published in two science outreach magazines: Elementos (Mexico) and Elhuyar (Spain)
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Text by Édgar Ávila Pérez Photography by Itziar Aretxaga Published in online magazine Identidad Veracruz 5/9/2021 Link to original publication: here * From the hand of the astrophysicist Itziar Aretxaga, surprising images of the reefs of the National Park Sistema Arrecifal Veracruzano Veracruz, Ver.- In the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, a Canon Powershot […]
In 2020, I got a 4th place in the annual competition of the Mexican Association of Underwater Image (AMISUB), in compact camera category. Here is the gallery of the 8 photos that made me achieve this position.
Éste es el material para el grupo de estudio de peces de los arrecifes del Atlántico mexicano. Temario para el mes de mayo-julio 2020 (nivel 3 de REEF): REEF TWA Level 3 Veracruz Temario Español Científico slide species family 1 French Angelfish Angelfish Ángel francés Ángeles Pomacanthus paru Pomacanthidae 2 Blue Angelfish Angelfish Ángel azul […]