As Director, Fernando Bretos oversees the day to day activities of the Reclamation Project.
Mr. Bretos is also a private consultant who specializes in coordinating and managing marine conservation and education programs. He has extensive experience with projects devoted to wildlife conservation, the management of protected areas and to studying marine biodiversity.
Mr. Bretos worked for five years with The Ocean Conservancy, a nonprofit marine conservation advocacy organization where he managed the organization’s programs in the Wider Caribbean region. At the Ocean Conservancy he also organized several major international marine expeditions including a biodiversity survey of the Navassa Island National Wildlife Refuge He later worked for four years with the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies on a tri-national marine research program devoted to conserving and understanding Gulf of Mexico marine ecosystems.
He has organized major international workshops in sea turtle conservation, coral reef health and marine biodiversity. Mr. Bretos holds a Master’s degree in Marine Affairs and Policy from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science. His master’s thesis was based on sea turtle nesting data in western Cuba.
Bretos is also an avid athlete (Rugby, Biking) and a Shakespearean actor.