Loreto Coastkeeper was founded in 2009 to protect the Municipality of Loreto and the Bahia de Loreto National Park and surrounding communities.

Eco-Alianza de Loreto A.C. established the Loreto Coastkeeper program in 2009, as a member of Waterkeeper Alliance, with the goal of responsibly and collaboratively guarding the bodies of water and recreational beaches of the Municipality of Loreto and the Bahia de Loreto National Park in Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Loreto Coastkeeper began monitoring chemical water quality parameters in 2010. With improved facilities and equipment, in 2012,  the program began bacteriological monitoring of seawater quality in nine recreational beaches within the Loreto Bay National Park’s influence area, as well as in some Sierra La Giganta mountain range streams. From 2014 to 2019, the program expanded to include eleven recreational beaches and a control site next to the Loreto seaside boardwalk. Recently, from 2020 to 2021, eight members of our organization’s technical and administrative staff were trained for the development of our laboratory and sampling processes Quality Management System, in accordance with the international standard for testing and calibration laboratories ISO / IEC 17025; which is already in place, putting us on track to receive official accreditation from the Mexican Accreditation Entity (EMA) in 2022.

For years, Eco- Alianza’s Loreto Coastkeeper initiative has provided a reliable scientific baseline for assessing the impact of marine biological contamination in Loreto’s national marine park, as well as a public health service for park visitors. As a Waterkeeper Alliance member, we work to protect the biological diversity of this popular Ramsar site while informing the public and government about seawater quality and marine pollution through information dissemination, presentations, talks, and community outreach events.