In the framework of the World Oceans Day, and since 2013, Delphinus, a socially responsible company, organizes the Festival of the Oceans of the Mexican Caribbean®, in partnership with civil society organizations, companies, universities, tourism promotion entities and government agencies, as well as artists and the general community. The Festival of the Oceans of the Mexican Caribbean is an initiative that was born with the purpose of promoting the knowledge of marine ecosystems to encourage its conservation and sustainable use, informing the local and international community about its importance; as well as the problems that affect its components, like climate change, exotic species invasion, overfishing and ocean pollution by plastic waste.
Today, the #Festoceanos is recognized as the most important environmental education event in the Mexican Caribbean, since, thanks to its ecological, recreational, gastronomic and academic activities carried out over the course of 3 to 4 weeks in May and June of each year, it has become an integral forum to show the community of Quintana Roo and its visitors the environmental services provided by the oceans. Its vision is to be the most important Oceans themed Festival in Latin America, that generates awareness, inspires conservation actions and promotes a positive image of the Mexican Caribbean worldwide.
The Festival in Numbers
Throughout its six editions, the Festival of the Oceans of the Mexican Caribbean has generated the mobilization of 868 volunteers who have lifted 2,590 kg of waste from the beaches and mangroves of Isla Contoy, Isla Blanca and Puerto Morelos; 540 Kg of lionfish have been consumed, an invasive species in the Caribbean, this protein has served to inspire gastronomy students to create 80 original recipes. 333 original photographs have been exhibited in 5 exhibitions, 719 drawings of local and national children have been received; 20 experts in marine ecosystems, journalism and activists have given stimulating informative lectures of scientific divulgation to 2,400 students, four grand concerts have been presented by the Esperanza Azteca Quintana Roo Youth Symphony Orchestra and two murals of 325 linear meters were donated to, in the end, summon more than six thousand people to enjoy the Festival's events. To learn about the most recent edition of the Festival of the Oceans, we recommend visiting the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCKttFJuRwA
Awards and Recognitions
The Festival of the Oceans was recognized in 2014 as the Best Public Relations Program by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, IAAPA. Also in that year, the Secretariat of Tourism of Quintana Roo and the Association of Public Relations of the Mexican Caribbean awarded the Festival of the Oceans, as the "best PR campaign" in the "meetings" category.
In 2016, the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources, SEMARNAT (by its Spanish acronym), gave the Festival of the Oceans a "Special Mention" on the 2016 Award for Ecological Merit, after an independent jury of experts judged the nominations.
In 2017, the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) named Delpinus’ Festival of the Oceans of the Mexican Caribbean the co-receiver of the "Marine Environment Protection 2017" award in the "Non-Profit Events" category.