Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef

 
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Mar 19, 2014

Fisheries co-management in Omoa for second phase

After the successfull first phase of the fisheries co-management project developed by the NGO Cuerpos de Conservación de Omoa in the Cuyamel-Omoa National Park, in Honduras during 2013, the MAR Fund approved a second phase for the project.

The objectives for this second phase are:

  • Strengthen the enforcement of fishing regulations in the marine area of the Cuyamel-Omoa National Park
  • Formally establish the 1 Ha fisheries recovery site and develop its action plan
  • Provide economic alternatives to local fishing communities

This project will secure the consolidation of the proposed fish recovery site.

This initiative is part of a Gulf of Honduras scale strategy that intends to develop a fish restoration sites network among coastal and marine protected areas of Belize, Guatemala and Honduras.

We will keep you posted on any progress the proposed site has regarding its declaration as a formal restoration site.

Dec 11, 2013

Community fisheries recovery sites in Sarstun

Scuba diving certified fishers
Scuba diving certified fishers

The first initiative of fisheries recovery sites in the Río Sarstún Multiple Use Area in Guatemala has had a very good acceptance from the fishers, authorities and private sector. It also has reached important previous results.

A research protocol to establish the baseline of the proposed fisheries recovery sites was designed and will shortly be implemented by FUNDAECO (the NGO that co-administrates the protected area) jointly with the fishers and authorities

Also, with the support of Water Quest dive shop, seven fishers were trained and certified in scuba diving.  After this training, the first workshop on biological monitoring techniques was held and the seven certified fishers participated.  It is expected that, after the project concludes, they will continue with the monitoring of their fishing resources.

A recognition visit was made to potential fisheries recovery sites within the PA and prioritize these according to their current ecological status.
We are also supporting a RARE initiative that FUNDAECO began in the King Fish reef siteThis is a three coral reef patches area outside the PA. A technical study on the biologica relevance was previously developed and submited to the Research Department of the Fisheries Authority. As the Research Department has approved the technical study, we will also support the next phase: the follow-up meetings with the Legal Department of the Fisheries Authority.
We look forward to the final results of this project.  We are certain these will be vey interesting and will be sure to share them with you.  After all, without your support, this wouldn't be happening!
Best,
The MAR Fund Team



Sep 13, 2013

Great progress in Cuyamel - Omoa National Park

Monitoring of fish in the Chachaguala lagoon
Monitoring of fish in the Chachaguala lagoon

The NGO Cuerpos de Conservación de Omoa, co-adminsitrator of the Cuyamel - Omoa National Park, has done an extraordinary diagnosis on the status of the fisheries resources within the protected area.  This diagnostic was developed jointly with fishers from several coastal communities: Chachaguala, Muchilena, Villa San Martín, Masca, El Paraíso, among others.  These communities are worried about the decrease of the resources and want to support the fisheries recovery site initiative. 

The staff from the NGO divided the protected area in three main sites: river, lagoon and reef. Then they did monitor each of the sites so that the fishers could notice the relation and linkage among the ecosystems and its respective species.

The results of the monitoring were socialized with the fishers who learned about the importance that each ecosystem has for the different stages of the life cycle of every fish sepcies.  With these results, they all agreed the area to propose as a fisheries recovery site.

We are very excited that they are now preparing the demarcation bouys for the fisheries recovery zones and close to submit the are proposed to the authorities and to begin the legal process to become co-administrators of their own fishing resources.

We will keep you posted about their next promising steps! 

Fishers preparing recovery sites demarcation bouys
Fishers preparing recovery sites demarcation bouys
Jun 17, 2013

Sarstun and Omoa to co-manage fishing resources for its sustainable use and conservation

As the co-management action plan moves forward in the Punta de Manabique Wildlife Refuge in Guatemala, another fishing comunnities from the region have began a co-management initiative on their own: Omoa, within the Cuyamel - Omoa National Park, in Honduras; and Barra Sarstún, Cocolí, San Juan and Buena Vista, within the Río Sarstún Multiple Use Area, in Guatemala.

Yes!  We are thrilled to tell you that co-management projects started in these two Coastal Protected Areas last April, this year.  These new projects will have the support from the Tri National Alliance for the Conservation of the Gulf of Honduras (TRIGOH).  Visits to exchange experiences among other fishing communities will be held with these new projects.

In Sarstun, Guatemala, the objective is to implement four fisheries recovery sites, one in each community.  In Omoa, Honduras, the implementation of one fisheries recovery site is targeted.  This effort will increase the number of fish refuges of our regional network. 

The implementation of these type of projects only strengthens our Community Fisheries Program which you and your support have been the most important part.

We will be sure to keep you posted on the progress of each of these projects along the year!

Mar 20, 2013

Co-managers moving forward!

Now that the fishing communities from La Graciosa Bay, Punta de Manabique Wildlife Refuge, Guatemala, are taking their role as co-managers, they began by identifying action lines that they should work on, in order to empower themselves as resources managers.  The action lines identified were:                     

  • Participation of and coordination with key actors in Management Processes
  • Human capital formation
  • Effective management
  • Scientific information for the assessment and monitoring of impacts
  • Communication
  • Ecosystems connectivity

They are also working in the identification of needs of the protected area and its natural resources.  They have also designed the Action Plan for the fisheries recovery sites and are now socializing it with all the communities before beginning its implementation.

It has been a long and hard way to obtain the official involvement of fishers in the co-management process, but we are walking the right way on achieving the natural resources recovery through the participation of stakeholders, who after all are the main users of this resources.

Do you agree with me?

Thank you very much,

The MAR Fund team

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Project Leader

Maria Jose Gonzalez

Executive Director
Guatemala, Guatemala

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