Guillermo Ricart, civil engineer by profession and underwater photographer by passion, in one of the most detailed and thorough iconographic assessments of the Dominican reefs, each region telling its own tale. The author warns that the marine shores surrounding the island though having undergone severe deterioration due to the irresponsible actions committed by humans, as well as purely environmental causes, still maintain their beauty and suitable spaces fit for practicing amateur and professional scuba diving, asides purely leisure-like visits for the interested tourists.

The researcher emphasizes that there is still time to save our seas and its wildlife, contributing through his photos panoramic sceneries filled with breathtaking captions of the impressive marine fauna residing in the Dominican shores and beyond.

An American researcher, Tracy Bowen, whom served as support to Ricart’s scientific research, pointed out that Dominicans are investing efforts towards preserving the Dominican underwater realm, especially in amphibian, marine mammals and the vast underwater flora and fauna species prospering in the coral reefs.

The super-format publication of this work, forms part of the Vicini annual publications, and pursues to share the treasures of our shores, so these may be preserved with extreme care against all severe threats: poaching and excessive fishing practices, which endanger all species and to promote specialized tourist visitations as a means to increase tourism in the Dominican Republic.

In a nutshell: Mar Vivo is an editorial work of art, whose production required six years of work by Ricart, featuring the collaboration of a series of professionals who had faith in the in the need and transcendence of their goal; to propose more focus on the vulnerability of these ecosystems at the same time that their indescribable beauty is depicted.



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