A group of individuals sitting on stage at an event for the 12th Ocean Festival, with banners on either side displaying festival details.

Ocean Conservation Takes Center Stage at Cancún Festival

The 12th annual Ocean Festival in Cancún, hosted by Delphinus, was a platform for powerful messages about ocean conservation. The festival, which kicked off on June 11, featured an exhibition at Terminal 4 of Cancún International Airport.

The highlight of the exhibition was the unveiling of the winning entries from a children's and youth drawing competition. The contest attracted a total of 873 submissions, with 543 entries from Quintana Roo, 221 from other parts of Mexico, and 109 from overseas. The drawings depicted various challenges facing the ocean and proposed solutions to these issues. Winners from each category were present at the opening ceremony, where they shared their thoughts on the importance of preserving the ocean.

The festival also included an event titled "Mujer es A-Mar", where women with a deep connection to the ocean shared their experiences and viewpoints. Among the speakers were Keila Vázquez, a member of Las Chelemeras, a group of women restoring mangroves in Yucatán, and Dr. Ana Molina, a coral reef specialist. Mireya Carrillo, project leader at "Amigos de Sian Ka’an", and Leonor Villafaña, commercial director of Marina El Cid, also shared their insights.

The festival concluded with a concert aimed at raising awareness about the importance of ocean conservation.

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