The next morning we arrived in Punta del Diablo, a lovely beach town of about 900 permanent residents, mostly fishermen and artisans. A central rocky point here known as “Punta del Diablo” dissects the white sandy beach and extends out to sea about 600 feet. Two other outcroppings stand on either side of the point, creating a formation known as “The Trident.” We checked into a lovely hotel overlooking the beach: Posada Nativos, where every feature is uniquely designed from “found” materials. The owner, (name) spent years scavenging for used materials like natural wood, carved building stones, and the hardware from a former factory. The result is one of the most sustainable inns in Rocha.
Soon after we arrived Rodrigo took us to an area called Los Botes, also known as “Fisherman’s Beach,” where traditional residents have gained notoriety for practicing sustainable fishing. We set up our cameras and tripods and interviewed Robert Acosta the founder of Pescadores de Rocha, a local fishing school in the area that teaches sustainable and artisanal.
Despite these gains, Robert says his fishing cooperative still faces challenges because the Uruguayan government has shown little incentive to support the group’s efforts. So Robert and his co-workers are taking their message to traditional fishermen along the coast and holding workshops to teach others what’s possible.