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Mérida, on the northwestern tip of the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico, is a historic city built upon centuries of intermingling and often clashing cultures of Spanish colonialism and Indigenous peoples. The ancient Mayans who once flourished in this area constructed some of the most architecturally magnificent pyramids and rock structures that are considered great feats of engineering to this day.
In addition to the coral reefs, there are countless other renowned natural landmarks that define the region. Cenotes, or the ancient Mayan “ts’onot”, are massive open-topped freshwater spring caves that are scattered throughout the Yucatán Peninsula. Their stunning blue waters were once used for religious purposes and drinking water, and today are popular tourist destinations for swimming and sight-seeing.
Our Reef Balls will help to restore biomass to critically depleted fisheries of the area, namely for artisanal fishers who tend to operate in shallower waters. Fish typically eaten by inhabitants of this region are grouper and snapper. In addition, this portion of the Gulf coast is home to 1000kg sunfish, the gentle Whale Shark, and graceful Spotted Eagle Rays that have a tendency to “take flight” above the surface of the water.
Like the ancient Mayans, many of today’s coastal peoples of the Yucatán peninsula rely on fishing for subsistence and livelihood. Contemporary Mayan people and their culture are still predominant in the region and they have a long history of relying on the ocean for food and as such have a deep reverence for the ocean and the marine ecology. Reef Balls are a welcome addition for the Mayan people who cherish a healthy ocean resource.
Silcer Club de Playa
Following the Dedication Ceremony at sea, the Celebration of Life will take place at the gorgeous Silcer Club de Playa. This private beach club boasts an array of facilities including a swimming pool, hammocks, an air-conditioned dining room, and 45 meters of white sandy beach nestled against the warm waters of the Gulf. Fresh fish ceviche and traditional Mexican dishes with a Yucatec flare are on the menu, including familiar American-style dishes that the whole family is sure to enjoy.