Arrecifes Pro Cuidad was organized in 2009 as a non-profit organization with the purpose of protecting and restoring urban reefs by initiating voluntary work in the Arrecife de la Isla Verde Marine Reserve.
The Reef is located around Isla Verde key, in the Municipality of Carolina, in front of Punta del Medio, a place that divides the two beaches of Isla Verde. Near the shore, is a very rich marine life that includes endangered species such as manatees, sea turtles, coral protected by state and federal laws such as elkhorn, fish hatchery, various species of hard and soft coral, anemones, rays, lobsters, crabs, snails, algae and seagrasses.
Perhaps this place is the only one in the metropolitan area with these characteristics, with a great diversity of species. Corals by their structure break the wave, serving as a natural barrier that prevents erosion, protects the beach, residents who live on the coasts and public and private properties.
The Marine Reserves offers great opportunities for the economic development of the neighboring communities and the concessionaires that offer services in this touristic area and it’s a new opportunity for the businesses of Isla Verde.
At present, several university studies are being carried out in the reef and it is extremely convenient for educational centers to have a protected area in the Metropolitan Area.
Being so close to shore, this reef is a breeding ground for species, and as they grow, they move into deeper waters with a larger size for the benefit of fishermen.
Arrecifes Pro Ciudad considers that community conservation initiatives are fundamental and that a cooperative relationship must be created between the Community, the Academy and the Government.