As the year winds down, Nélida Barajas Acosta, Executive Director of the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO) reported that despite Covid-19, in 2021 the organization managed to bounce back and make firm strides in programs aimed at sustainable fishing.
Barajas Acosta stressed CEDO made even greater strides than was expected during these trying times, including the establishment of the first “Escuela del Mar” (School of the Sea) accredited by the Secretary of Education.
“In this new reality stemming from the Coronavirus, we had to learn how to work in a hybrid fashion, in person yet complemented with tasks online, which translated into good results for CEDO,” she expressed. A certain level of confinement, brought on by Covid-19, allowed the organization to reconfirm the importance of the work they’ve done in the region over the past four decades.
The Executive Director detailed, among other things, they were able to consolidate Projects on Best Fishing Practices for crab and clams, inaugurated the Escuela de Mar, reequipped the community center in Bahía San Jorge, as well as see CEDO participate in several events with both a national and international reach.
Barajas stressed one of the lingering challenges for CEDO is to strengthen participation and awareness within Puerto Peñasco itself, including residents and visitors, as to the importance of CEDO and the variety of activities it has to offer.