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. In the Photography section you can see some of the photographs that have been exhibited and published.
In the menu Diving you can see more information about diving and marine species recognition activities.
Author: Amy Lee, REEF Engagement and Communications Manager Originally published in REEF website (Reef Environmental Educational Foundation) REEF members are the heart of our grassroots marine conservation programs. A diverse community of divers, snorkelers, and ocean enthusiasts support our mission to conserve marine environments worldwide. This month we highlight REEF member Itziar Aretxaga Méndez, who lives […]
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.