The program “Back to the Sea”, in Playa del Carmen, and “Adventures at Sea 2015” in Cancun, have that mission.
Bringing children to the sea to discover marine life through recreational, cultural and environmental education activities is the objective of the program put on by both the cities of Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
The unique program, Back to the sea, is the only project of its kind in the country. According to Notimex, about 290,000 kids have participated.
The same program in Cancun is called Adventures at Sea 2015. The goal of the project is to raise awareness in children about preserving marine life and the importance of family life. Both projects are the result of municipal, state and federal organizing.
The program coordinator for Playa del Carmen’s, “Back to the Sea”, José María Tinoco, said the object is to give children a place where a student can learn basic education in the form of free activities such as fishing, swimming in the sea and navigation.
Children learn about the diverse marine life and they learn skills to enable them to make the sea a vehicle for development and reaffirm cultural identity.
María Tinoco said that many organizations work together including parents, local companies, civil associations and cooperatives, as well as staff of the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone (Zofemat) and Civil Protection.
The program will be continued to include Civil Associations Saving Our Sharks, Moce Yax Cuxtal and Flora Fauna and Culture of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea fishing cooperative, the Xcaret Group and the Ejido Lazaro Cardenas.