San Juan, Puerto Rico
Sustainable fishing, Marine research, Seagrass, Mangroves
Conservación ConCiencia is a non-profit organization in Puerto Rico dedicated to environmental research and conservation that aims to promote sustainable development by working collaboratively with communities, governments, academia and the private sector. Their mission is to implement effective, science based conservation actions that move our societies towards sustainability. Conservación ConCiencia focuses on projects in Puerto Rico and Cuba, including the following: Puerto Rico’s first shark research and conservation program in collaboration with the seafood industry; analyzing parrotfish supply chain and its market in Puerto Rico; promoting commercial fisheries exchange between Puerto Rico and Cuba with lessons learned from successful fisheries management and promoting Cuban fishers access to local markets for entrepreneurial opportunities. Another example of their work is a large scale restoration of mangroves and seagrass project, in collaboration with The Ocean Foundation.