La Paz Waterkeeper


Alberto Guillen
[email protected]
+ 1 (52) (612) 102-3294

A stunningly biodiverse body of water, the Gulf of California is bordered on the east by the states of Baja California and Baja California Sur, which together comprise the peninsula of Baja California.  And on the west The Gulf laps up at the shoreline of mainland western Mexican states Sonora and Sinaloa. Also known as Sea of Cortez, the Gulf supports over 900 species of marine vertebrates and thousands of invertebrates. At 4,000 km (2,500 mi), its coastline is larger than that of the U.S. Atlantic Coast.  In the Sea of Cortez’ southern half lies the Bay of La Paz, with an estimated 4,500 sq. km (1,700 sq. mi) of surface waters - about three-and-a-half times the surface of Los Angeles.  Its namesake city --La Paz-- is provides an economic base for the fisheries and tourism industries.  Unregulated development, untreated wastewaters, and pollution from agriculture and mining pose many challenges to quality of its coastal waters.

Alberto Guillen(better known as Beto)  is the La Paz Waterkeeper.  He arrived in Baja California Sur 20 years ago to complete his studies in Biology. While a student at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, he researched the population dynamics of different marine mammal species. Beto has also been a swimming instructor for over 15 years and recognizes that education is an important part of influencing younger generations of Mexicans and facilitating change in their behaviors. In May 2009 Beto began training to work with the group Citizen Observatory (Observatorio Ciudadano in Spanish) and became its Director in 2011. In 2013, Beto led a reorganization of Citizen Observatory into what is now known as the Red de Observadores Ciudadanos (Citizen Observer Network, in English or ROC for its acronym in Spanish”), the parent organization for La Paz Waterpeer.


Aquiles Serdan No. 3745.
La Paz, Baja California Sur 23060