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About us



Our story

Comunidad y Biodiversidad (COBI) was launched from the inspiration of a group of young people fascinated by marine life and concerned about the poverty levels in developing countries. The need to promote marine conservation and sustainable fisheries management was identified, always considering the necessity of working hand in hand with those who inhabit Mexico´s coastal communities. COBI was established on the 15th March 1999.

Currently, with a strong participation strategy, we encourage current and future generations of fisherwomen and men to use and share their knowledge to co-design and implement solutions that achieve resilient communities and healthy oceans.


What identifies us

Our mission, vision and values are fully integrated and are the basis that inspires us to action. They are our philosophical pillars that we put into practice both inside and outside of COBI.

Promote the conservation of marine biodiversity and the establishment of sustainable fisheries through effective participation.

The coastal communities use the resources in a sustainable way and are jointly responsible for the conservation of marine biodiversity.


We place our mission, vision and values on the central axis of our organization. We act with honesty and clarity with all the stakeholders with whom we interact. We do not allow ourselves to be intimidated or influenced by private interests.

Learning and adaptation

We have the commitment that our team is always in constant learning and this is the necessary tool to be able to adapt to internal and external changes that may occur. Therefore, our team is able to face the storms and the shipwrecks.


We seek a balance of capacities and opinions between those who generally have the power to influence the management of fishery resources (natural, financial, human, among others) and those groups or people who are traditionally not represented.

Citizen science


invertebrates and fish records



tons of sustainable catch

Fully protected marine reserves





communities with which we have collaborated


Theory of change

Every day short-term changes, such as financial crises, and global changes such as climate change, are diluting the results obtained through traditional strategies of protection and sustainable use of marine resources.

Just as these changes are increasing and creating new environmental and social challenges, coastal communities are particularly vulnerable to these changes. However, people who are engaged in fishery will continue to fish daily, making decisions based on their beliefs and the information and knowledge available to adapt.

Some of their choices move them towards sustainability and the common good, and others push them away. Fisherwomen and men are decisive, they change from one fishery to another in a matter of days, create new fishing techniques and find new markets quickly. In addition, coastal communities are becoming less isolated every day, adopting new communication tools, such as social networks, mobile technologies and other innovations to share information and make decisions.

The way in which coastal communities are rapidly adapting to current changes is through the combination of their assets, social organizations, learning, flexibility and management.

For over two decades, COBI in collaboration with women and men of 34 fishing communities in Mexico, have co-created demonstrative models to restore marine ecosystems and fishery. We have developed these models based on the questions that coastal communities have regarding the conservation and management of marine resources, and through the scientific method, they are answered with fisherwomen and men, producing robust citizen science.

The process is summarized in listening-designing-developing-implementing-learning with the communities, making sure that the technical and financial resources are in place. The learning is systematized, and its replication in other communities is encouraged through exchanges between peers. Finally, these models are used to inform public policies, ensuring that the legal framework supports participation and sustainability.

However, COBI is a single fish in the sea, and due to accumulated global impacts and slow policy implementation processes, it is necessary to go beyond demonstrative models to scalable solutions that create resilience in the 2 million mexican households that depend directly and indirectly on fishery. So our goal for 2025 is that current and future generations of fishers use and share their knowledge to co-design and implement solutions that achieve resilient communities and healthy oceans.


COBI strategy 2020-2025

The current and next generation of people engaged in fishery use and share their knowledge to design and implement solutions for the existence of resilient coastal communities and healthy oceans.

To achieve this goal we will implement three strategies. The co-creating of solutions (innovate) to adapt to environmental and social changes between women and men of fishery and COBI; which will be validated and replicated through a network of fishers (connect). Finally, mechanisms will be developed to promote the expansion of solutions so that the following generations of fishers implement and improve them.

Likewise, we will work with three transversal strategies, gender equality, effective coordination between the parties involved, and environmental and social justice.



300,000 fishers (men and women) share knowledge to co-create solutions.



A network that incubates and accelerates financially sustainable solutions.



Mexican fishers (men and women) inspire others in Latin America to use and develop solutions. Future generations are better informed and participate in the work to achieve resilient communities and healthy oceans.

  1. Gender equality in fisheries management decision-making.

  2. Effective coordination, appropriate policies and citizen science support the resilience of coastal communities.

  3. Environmental and social justice.

  1. Healthy ecosystems and productive fishing.
  2. Resilient coastal communities adapt to environmental and social challenges.
  3. Environmental and social justice is achieved through a human rights-based approach.


Committed to our cause

Our ideology is aligned with the goals of marine and social preservation of various international agreements, contributions that have brought us various awards and recognitions for this joint work.

Contributions to Mexico’s international commitments.

Premios y reconocimientos

Help us protect the marine ecosystems

We carry out our work thanks to donations from foundations and people like you.