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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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 […]
In 2019, I got a third place in the annual competition of the Mexican Association of Underwater Image (AMISUB), in compact camera category. Here is the gallery of the 6 photos that made me achieve this position.
Translation of the article published in Elhuyar Magazine (no. 335, September 2019). Itziar Aretxaga is a researcher at the National Institute of Astrophyscis, Optics and Electronics (INAOE) of Mexico. She studies the formation and evolution of galaxies, supernovae, etc., with the Large Millimeter Telescope located at 4,600 meters above sea level. She is close to […]