Revitalize our oceans, one saltwater flat at a time.
Saltwater flats are the nurseries of our oceans; their productivity is paramount to thriving oceanic ecosystems. The flats are fishing paradises, and some of the most beautiful places on the planet.
The flats are also home to wonderful people with firsthand knowledge that only generations of coexistence can produce. The locals are the owners and caretakers—and our partners on this odyssey—who hold the keys to the long-term health of the flats.
There have been expeditions to the mysterious deep—bottomless oceanic trenches with otherworldly luminescent creatures. Some believe the oceanic depths are the only parts of our watery world left to explore.
We believe otherwise. Much of what remains to be discovered is not deeply out of reach, but in plain sight on the flats.
Our expedition seeks to find and catalog the world’s saltwater flats; study them; identify problems; and develop plans to address the environmental issues they face.
Our goal is to make a difference and
leave things better than we found them.
The flats face many challenges. They are rich in resources that companies exploit for profit, many times without regard for the future health of the environment. They are recipients of our trash, as ocean currents deposit debris from cruise ships, garbage barges, and land-based dumps to their shores. The flats are on the front lines of climate change, as they’re at sea level and witness the effects of rising tides before the rest of us.
Xcalak lies at the southern end of the Yucatan Peninsula, a dusty five-hour drive and a world away from Cancún. Xcalak is one of the most prolific and diverse flats fisheries we've ever seen with healthy populations of permit, tarpon, bones, 'cuda, triggers, jacks and snook. It's also home to some of the most peaceful and beautiful people we've ever met. We fished and explored Xcalak for two weeks in November 2020. The first week we were pounded by Hurricane Theta, the second week we pounded the fish.
In the coming weeks we'll be sharing our stories of Xcalak's mind-blowing fishing adventures, the eco-challenges it faces. and the determination of the people to maintain their way of life. Stay tuned.