Gender Equality at Sea

This program was developed by Comunidad y Biodiversidad, A.C. (COBI)  to ensure equal participation between women and men in decision-making processes to achieve lasting results in marine conservation and sustainable fisheries.

Where do we work?

The Strengthening Project works with coastal communities involved in marine conservation in three priority ecosystems:

The giant kelp forests of Baja California

Kelp forests are important ecosystems that creates habitats for a wide variety of marine species, producing organic matter and energy, contributing to carbon fixation, and regulating water quality.

Rocky reefs in the Gulf of California

Named the "The aquarium of the world," the Gulf of California provides important ecological and economic services, as it is a place where fish and invertebrate species, many of which are commercially important, go to reproduce, find refuge, and feed.

Mesoamerican Reef System

Spanning approximately 1,000 km, the Mesoamerican Reef System borders the coasts of Quintana Roo, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. This reef system is the second largest in the world.

Would you like to influence change in the fishing sector?

If you are interested in improving sustainable fishing practices while marine conservation through the equal participation of men and women, now is the time. Get in touch and we will go on the journey together. Contact us.


The Gender Equality at Sea Program consists of many activities:
Capacity builiding

Strengthening the capacities of women and men from coastal communities through the workshops, coaching programs, and community development projects.

Proposed methodology

Design and implementation of a methodology to measure the contributions of women throughout the value chains of three riparian fisheries in Mexico.

Map of initiatives

Identification of initiatives that promote gender equality in fisheries, aquaculture, and marine conservation in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Forums are held to exchange of ideas with groups of experts to develop a critical path forward that includes a gender perspective in marine conservation and sustainable fishing initiatives.


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