Protect Marine Ecosystems in Mexico

 
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Jun 13, 2011

Training local fishermen

Along with the fishing cooperatives working in Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and COBI, Amigos de Sian Ka’an is protecting over 9,000has through the establishment of community no-take zones. Moving forwards we aim to include Open Water Diver and Coral Reef Monitoring training for local fishermen, so they can get involved in monitoring the progress of the delimited areas.

 

Moreover, in the following months Amigos de Sian Ka’an and GVI will be launching a mid-term conservation project to characterize and monitor coastal habitats associated to shallow coral reefs in northern Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and Punta Gruesa, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

 

Thank you so much for all of the support which is helping us to continue conserving Marine ecosystems.  

Mar 4, 2011

Project development and community workshops

We have been working closely with our local partner on the ground in Mexico, award winning Amigos de Sian Kaan. As we maintain work on current projects we are looking to develop new initiatives such as Acroporas characterization using state of the art remote perception tools and running photo transects to understand the distribution of coral reef species.

In addition we are continuing to promote sustainable development in these marine environments. We recently held a further three workshops in Puna Herrero, Maria Elena and Punta Allen. During the workshops we worked alongside local fisherman in order to establish ‘no take zones’ to help preserve endangered marine species.

Work on the project continues as always, many thanks for your support.

Nov 11, 2010

'No Take Zones' help reef fish reproduce

Spawning aggregations, along with nursery areas, are key habitats for the sustainability of reef fish populations. In that direction, our partners on the ground Amigos de Sian Ka’an have scaled one step up by joining local fishermen to establish No Take Zones that will allow reef fish to reproduce, increase biomass and biodiversity. We already held workshops to increase awareness on three communities in Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve (Punta Allen, Maria Elena and Punta Herrero). A total of 56 fishermen were trained on No Take Zones, and preliminary areas were proposed. Next November, we will be on the field delimitating those areas with GPS, as well as continuing with their training. Therefore, we are looking forward your donations to purchase fuel for field work, and to analyze the status of those habitats.

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Project Leader

Sophie Birkett

GVI Charitable Trust Manager
St Albans, Herts United Kingdom

Where is this project located?

Map of Protect Marine Ecosystems in Mexico