The San Diego-based conservation group Wildcoast hosts its second virtual Auction for Ocean Conservation, themed “Keep it Wild,” starting Oct. 14.
The nonprofit includes an international team of 20 conservationists based in California and Mexico, and has saved 38 million acres of coastal and marine ecosystems and ocean wildlife in California and Mexico.
The virtual event brings together 30 artists from the U.S. and Mexico featuring artwork to raise funds and public awareness about preserving coastal and marine ecosystems.
A free virtual happy hour with art preview and auction kickoff is set for 5 p.m. Oct. 14. Highlights include wildlife videos, paintings and a chance to meet artists and Wildcoast team members in the field.
The group has offices in Del Mar and Imperial Beach as well as Ensenada, La Paz and Huatulco, Oaxaca, in Mexico.
Here are some highlights about what Wildcoast says it is working on:
- Protecting 38 million acres of ocean habitat, coastlines, coral reefs, sea turtle nesting beaches, whale breeding lagoons, mangrove forests, wetlands, islands among other areas.
- Managing 543,000 acres of marine protected areas (underwater parks) off the coast of California.
- Planting mangroves in Baja with local women as a natural solution to climate change and a way for local communities to safeguard their homes.
- Restoring 42 acres of wetlands in San Diego.
- Installing coastal radar systems and trained lifeguard teams to stop illegal poaching and illegal fishing.
According to Wildcoast, trashbooms have stopped more than 31,000 pounds of plastic debris from entering the Pacific Ocean from the Tijuana River Valley. The group also reports that 45 million sea turtles have been born on Wildcoast’s protected beach in Oaxaca since 2018.