Mesoamerican Reef Fund (MAR Fund)

To inspire innovative, transnational solutions to critical Mesoamerican reef issues through providing meaningful, long-term financial support and trustworthy reef management advice so that future generations can enjoy and benefit from a thriving reef.
Jun 15, 2015

Lionfish National Committees

Since the workshop developed for the Control of Lionfish Regional Strategy on May last year, a National Committee was established for each country.  The objective of these committees was to promote and to push, at a national level, the activities that were identified during the workshop.  Each of the Committees appointed a representative to lead them.

During the second half of this year, it is MAR Fund's intention to work and strengthen the Committees to start with the design of the National Strategies based on the lines of action defined in the Regional one.

MAR Fund will contact each of the representatives of each National Committee to plan a short-term action plan.  The idea is to present the regional progresses accomplished this year during the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI) annual meeting that will be held in November this year in Panama.

We will definetly kee you posted.

Thanks again for all your support.

Jun 15, 2015

Monitoring the fish refuges in Banco Chinchorro and Sian Kaa'n

Banco Chinchorro and Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserves are marine protected areas in Mexico that declared three fish refuges with the support of the following Fishers Cooperatives: Langosteros del Caribe, Banco Chinchorro, Andrés Quintana Roo, Jose Maria Azcorra and Cozumel. This was done three years ago and since their inception on 2012, these refuges have been monitored once a year to learn about the ecological improvement they have had.

After at least four monitoring exercises (2012-2015), the results are encouraging.  Some of these are:

Banco Chinchorro

  • The total biomass of snappers and groupers has increased 217%
  • The coral reef cover also increased in around 8%

Sian Ka'an

  • The biomass of snappers increased 146% (there are larger fish)
  • The refuge protects the reproductive aggregation site for groupers 

It is because of results like these that we are happy for your support.  

We will keep you updated!

Mar 16, 2015

Lionfish exploitation strategy in Belize, recommended for approval

On January 29, 2015, MAR Fund's Grants Review Committee got together to evaluate, discuss and recomend for support the proposals that were submitted during the Seventh Request for Proposals.

One of the proposals submitted by Belize came from the Fisheries Department and it was address to develop the lionfish National Exploitation Strategy.

We are glad to inform that the proposal entitled 'A practical approach to long-term lionfish control: developing Belize’s national lionfish exploitation strategy' was recommended for support.  The Committee made clear recomendations to the proposal and the Fisheries Department accepted them.

We expect to sign the grant agreement at the end of March so they can start activities in April.

Supporting initiatives like this is the way to control this invasive species.

We will keep you posted on what actions are taken by this national strategy in Belize.

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