Meet Tanya: Environmental Engineer and Conservation Champion

Tanya Amaya has been a part of the CORAL family since 2019 and her leadership has taken our work in the Western Caribbean to new heights.  Tanya leads our team in tackling the biggest threat to coral reefs, untreated and poorly treated wastewater.  She was instrumental in positioning CORAL to receive a Blue Champions Award.

Tanya is based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras but her work takes her to islands across the Western Caribbean. She uses her optimistic, collaborative, and community-based approach to take action and achieve our mission to save coral reefs. We feel so grateful that Tanya is a leader at CORAL.

Fun Facts about Tanya

What’s your favorite coral reef destination and why?

Roatan, because it’s where I got my certification; however I also have a sweet spot for Buccoo Reef in Tobago.

Buccoo Reef is home to a rich and diverse ecosystem of marine life. It boasts a wide variety of corals, sponges, and fish species, making it a popular spot for snorkeling and scuba diving. Adjacent to Buccoo Reef is the famous Nylon Pool, a shallow, crystal-clear, sandy area in the middle of the ocean. It’s named for its resemblance to a swimming pool due to its calm and clear waters. The Nylon Pool is a natural phenomenon formed by the interaction of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and is a popular spot for swimming. Many believe the water has rejuvenating properties.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of your role at CORAL in supporting the mission?

It’s witnessing the commitment and resilience of our team and local partners as we navigate challenges affecting conservation and everyday life. 

What is your favorite hobby?

Bird photography 

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What do you want people to know about coral reefs?

Their beauty and importance go beyond life underwater; They are pillars that support ecosystems, culture, research, health, sustenance and community livelihoods and industries.

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