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Mexico: Whales of Guerrero Research Project

What is at issue:

The Whales of Guerrero facilitates community-driven conservation in the fishing village of Barra de Potosí, pioneering a new approach to coastal protection that cultivates local leadership through citizen science, peer learning, and community outreach. After five years of collaborative marine mammal research, the seeds of stewardship have taken root in our region. We want to help them bear fruit by galvanizing an emerging group of Fishery and Conservation Leaders who will lead the development of a Marine Management and Protection Plan.  

 The long-term goal of our project is to cultivate an ethos of stewardship toward the ocean in Guerrero, Mexico through community-driven marine mammal-focused research, education, ecotourism and capacity building.

What's happening now:

The Whale of Guerrero Project is continuing its science and community efforts to assure sustainable conservation of this important region.

What we have achieved:


During a weeklong planning expedition, a small group of village leaders and WGRP team members met with peers in each location and observed first-hand their thriving environments and communities. As a group, we documented the journey and conducted interviews to share with the village and extended region upon our return. Here’s a little video we made and shared with the village in May:


We completed a 300-hour marine mammal survey in partnership with the local community, using only local staff and resources in Barra de Potosí, Guerrero, SW Pacific Mexico. We trained 43 tour guides and fishermen, conducted targeted community outreach, collaborated with community leaders, provided school programs to 12 schools, weekly after-school workshops and a 3-month US-Mexico cultural exchange program, printed publications and maps for tourists and community members and conducted global outreach. Our seasonal data was analyzed and results shared with 44 Mexican and international agencies, institutions and organizations.

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