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The Socorro Island

Welcome to the Socorro Conservation Fund’s website


We are an organization that came about through the efforts of Captain Mike Lever, owner of the Nautilus Explorer, scuba divers, and environmentalists dedicated to preserving the unique biosphere of the Revillagigedo Archipelago. Our goal is to raise money to:

  • Hire aircraft for random patrols of San Benedicto, Socorro and Roca Partida from June to October
  • Fund an ongoing scientific census of the sharks and manta populations in the Revillagigedos area

The fund is managed as a donor-advised fund at the International Community Foundation in San Diego, a fully tax-exempt 501c3 public charity in the U.S.

What we do


Aircraft surveillance

June to October is the Hurricane season in the northern tropics and consequently the time when neither of the two charter scuba diving boats, the Nautilus Explorer and the Solmar V, are in the area and so no one is keeping a watchful eye out for illegal fishermen. One patrol flight is estimated to cost US$2000. The goal is to fund 20 flights per season at a cost of US$40,000.

Scientific Research

Currently most of the population information on the elasmobranchs in the Revillagigedos is anecdotal. An estimated US$15,000 along with donated accommodation, logistical support and transportation by the Nautilus Explorer and Solmar V will permit scientist Mauricio Hoyes to continue an ongoing census of the sharks and mantas in the area to determine whether these populations are increasing or decreasing in size.

Mission Statement

The Socorro Conservation Fund was set up to provide charitable support to marine and terrestrial conservation work on the Socorro Islands.

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