The oceans cover 71% of our planet’s surface. They are important because they influence the atmosphere’s chemical and physical processes, regulating climate and the cycling of elements like carbon, oxygen and phosphorus, among others. They also provide us with food and have thus acquired an economic, social and cultural importance.
At present, the marine ecosystems (coral reefs, mangroves, coastal dunes and deep sea) are being altered and affected by different processes, caused mainly by the over-exploitation of resources and the impact generated by human activities.
At the Interactive Aquarium Cancún, we inform our visitors about marine conservation and four of the main threats to these ecosystems. You can learn more about them here and about the actions we can take to mitigate their effect.
Overfishing occurs when more fish are caught than the population can replace through natural reproduction. Among the consequences of overfishing are the extinction of species and the distortion of the food chain.
If this continues, our seas and oceans will soon be seriously threatened, not only in terms of their ecological relationships, but also as our resources for food.
PRESERVE MARINE SPECIES
The population of certain species such as cod, tuna and swordfish has decreased by 90%, mainly due to overfishing. This means that if we wish to continue enjoying the nutrients we get from fish and seafood, we must give these species time to restore their population. By alternating and respecting closed seasons, we will preserve the marine ecosystem and ensure the that the resources provided to us will last.
BUY LOCAL AND SUSTAINABLE FOOD
Aquaculture is the sustainable cultivation of fish, mollusks, crustaceans and aquatic plants. This practice helps increase the production of seafood for human consumption, restore threatened species and protect them from predators.
When you consume or buy fish and seafood, opt for local production; look for suppliers whose products come from aquaculture, who promote responsible fishing and protect species, the ecosystem and biodiversity.
It refers to the direct or indirect introduction of materials (plastics, metals, papers, etc.) in coastal and marine environments, harming natural resources, the quality of the water, ecological interactions and even human health.
This problem occurs in all cities, at different scales, and is linked to the chain management of solid waste, including the processes of collection, minimization, recycling, transport and disposal.
Two consequences of solid waste pollution are ingestion and the death of animals that confuse these materials with food or get tangled up in the waste.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Thanks to all our visitors, we are able to invest 10% of our profits in social and environmental projects.
For a brilliant blue planet
Since 2013, Delphinus has been committed to cleaning the coast of Quintana Roo. Over the past 3 years, we have organized 12 beach cleanups, recollecting a total of 4,414 kg of waste, thanks to the participation of 1,581 volunteers. The beach cleanups are essentially educational and encourage the active participation of the local population in the conservation of the oceans through activities of environmental service.
Our alliance for the environmental education of Quintana Roo:
For the welfare of our dolphins
Our marine mammals are the heart of our organization, which is why we have the responsibility to direct all our efforts towards their welfare. We have developed the Animal Welfare Program that complies with the specific necessities and characteristics of our dolphins, sea lions and the habitats in which they evolve.
This program starts with the elaboration of a healthy and balanced diet specific to each sea mammal, taking into account its calorie and nutritional intake and characteristics such as age, sex, stage of development and reproductive condition.
Our veterinary medicine model is based, first and foremost, on the prevention of illnesses. Every day, before opening the doors to visitors, our specialists in animal care follow a revision protocol to detect any physical or behavioral changes in our dolphins. We also carry out regular blood tests, analyses of stomach contents, mycoses and other infections in order to identify health changes at an early stage.