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.
The theme of the 2023 calendar of the Mexican Association of Underwater Image, AMISUB, is “Looks from the sea” (“Miradas del Mar”). Included in this calendar is a phototograph taken by me of a Porcupinefish (Diodon hystrix), taken in Jardines de la Reina, Cuba in 2016. It illustrates the month of October. It’s rare for […]
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 […]
In December 2021 REEF created the Juvenile Hamlet Award for those members that have conduced more than 500 fish surveys, that contribute to the knowledge of our seas and their conservation. I received this award in 2021 upon creation. For more information on the fish survey program visit the REEF pages. Anybody can volunteer and […]