Octavio Aburto is associated with the following programs and initiatives:

Gulf of California Marine Program:

The Gulf of California Marine Program is dedicated to generating and disseminating scientific information that has a direct, positive impact on conservation and management issues and policies in the region. Octavio Aburto serves as the Director of the Gulf of California Marine Program.


International League of Conservation Photographers

iLCP’s mission is to further environmental and cultural conservation through photography. We believe that awe-inspiring photography is a powerful tool in preserving the environment, especially when produced in collaboration with our committed Conservation Partners. We aim to replace environmental indifference with a new culture of stewardship and passion for our beautiful planet. Octavio Aburto is a Senior Fellow Conservation Photographer at iLCP.


The Natural Numbers:

Natural Numbers is a series of short films that combines science, photography and creative graphics to explain the value of the natural capital of Mexico and the conflicts of its exploitation in a visually attractive format. Octavio Aburto is one of the creators of the Natural Numbers initiative.



Data, metadata, analyses and integration are at the centre of DataMARES, providing users with a platform for making informed decisions based on sound historical information from long-term monitoring data of coastal and marine ecosystems in the Gulf of California. DataMARES is the foundation of new, innovative science that allows, open, robust, and secure integration and access to scientific information that meets the needs of science, management and society, helping us understand our coasts and oceans. Octavio Aburto is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of DataMARES.


Mexican Seas

Mexico owns a great diversity of coastal and marine ecosystems. From shallow mangrove and kelp forests, to deep black coral gardens and seamounts, these ecosystems constitute the home of thousands of species that can only be seen in Mexican oceans. Mares Mexicanos shares stories of towns, people, explorers and scientists devoting their lives to protecting Mexican oceans and species, and have become conservation leaders or heroes within their communities. Octavio Aburto is one of the Co-Founders of the Mares Mexicanos Initiative.


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