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.
Dec 22, 2011

Make a holiday donation to the MAR reef!

Dear friends,

The holidays are here, and all of us at MAR Fund are taking a moment to reflect and give thanks for those who support us.  We have received a number of donations through GlobalGiving this year, and we’re very grateful to all of you!  We’d like to take this opportunity to thank donors who prefer to remain anonymous, since we are unable to send them individual thank you notes.

Thanks to the support of all of our donors, this year we were able to support three fishers’ organizations in Punta de Manabique Wildlife Refuge, Guatemala, to work together and propose a co-management area and three fish recovery sites to the authorities.  Co-management will allow fishers to contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of the fisheries on which they depend. In the sites in Mexico and Honduras, fishers’ voices are being heard: they are able to use their knowledge and the data they gather to propose ideas to authorities, and authorities are receptive and are working harmoniously with fishers.

We made a lot of progress this year, but there is still work to be done.  Among the multiple threats to the Mesoamerican Reef region, overfishing continues to loom large.  And so we also look forward to the coming year, and the many activities ahead of us.

Overfishing wipes out large numbers of marine species, making it more difficult for these creatures to grow to reproductive age and continue furthering the species.  The MAR Fund is supporting solutions to this issue in part through our GlobalGiving project: Community Fisheries Program .

Donating to the MAR Fund’s project on Global Giving is a gift to MAR region fish species. And by helping promote conservation and good management of fisheries in the MAR region, you are helping coastal fishing communities have a greater stake in the management of their resources, and therefore a chance to improve their livelihood.

We encourage you to make a contribution this holiday season that will directly assist fishers to get involved in fisheries management in the region.  If you’re looking for a unique gift, GlobalGiving has the solution: tribute cards. You can give in someone’s name and GlobalGiving will send them a card announcing the gift.  Right now, GlobalGiving is running a Tribute Card Challenge in which they will give $500 bonuses to the 15 projects with the most tribute donations.  Help our project break into the top 15 and finish your holiday shopping at the same time!

Give in honor of someone who loves to scuba dive, or someone who is enamored of the crystalline waters of the MAR region.  Give because you feel compassion for the situation of artisanal fisherman whose livelihood is disappearing.  Or because you feel compassion for fish and the reef ecosystem.  Or because you want to preserve the treasure that is the Mesoamerican Reef for future generations.  Whatever your reason to give, you can be confident that your donation will have a ripple effect.

Again, thank you for your support in 2011, and please consider a year-end gift to help us kick off our work in 2012!

Enjoy your holidays.  Wishing you all the best for this season and a positive start to 2012,

The MAR Fund team: María José, Claudio, Patty, Claudia, and Edgar

Oct 18, 2011

Support a fisher to attend a "training of trainers" lionfish control and management workshop!

Dear friends,

The first workshop "Invasive Lionfish Control and Management" will be held in Puerto Morelos in the first week of November 2011, during the 64th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI) meeting.

This will be a "training of trainers" workshop, where the trainees are expected to take information and training back to their country and train others unable to attend, including key stakeholders and partners. The workshop is being organized by REEF and the SPAW-RAC, so we know that the event will be high-quality and have positive results.

We did the math and estimate that the costs for one fisherman to attend the meeting are at least US$1,250.  This includes flights, ground transport, registration, and lodging.

This Wednesday, October 19, is a great day to support us to get as many fishermen as we can to this important event, as GlobalGiving is giving away US$100,000 during the final Bonus Day of the year!  During this day and only this day, GlobalGiving is matching at 30% all on-line donations, up to US$1,000 per donor per project. In addition to the 30% match, GlobalGiving is offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds that day and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the most individual donors! Please consider donating this Wednesday so that your donation will go even further.  The number of fishermen we can send to the lionfish workshop depends directly on you!

Please, don't let this amazing opportunity pass by!   Thank you very much for your continued support!

Oct 17, 2011

Give the MAR reef fishermen a chance to be heard

Dear friends,

The 64th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI) meeting will be held in Puerto Morelos the first week of November 2011.

This will be a great opportunity for our MAR fishermen to be heard and to meet scientists and researchers who can support the work they are doing in the region.  They will also learn about successful projects that can be replicated in the region.

We did the math and estimate that the costs for one fisherman to attend the meeting are at least US$2,500.  This includes flights, ground transport, registration and lodging.

This Wednesday, October 19, is a great day to support us to get as many fishermen as we can to this important event, as GlobalGiving is giving away US$100,000 during the final Bonus Day of the year!  During this day and only this day, GlobalGiving is matching at 30% all on-line donations, up to US$1,000 per donor per project. In addition to the 30% match, GlobalGiving is offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds that day and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the most individual donors! Please consider donating this Wednesday so that your donation will go even further.  The number of fishermen we can send to the GFCI meeting depends directly on you!

Please, don't let this amazing opportunity pass by!   Thank you very much for your continued support!

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