After a two-phase project of participatory design of fish refuges and fisheries co-management areas in the Río Sarstún Multiple Use Area in Guatemala, the fishermen have achieved very important results such as:
- Three conservation targets for the two fish refuges: mangroves, sea grass beds and commercial fish species
- Most relevant threats for these targets: climate change, pollution by agrochemicals, habitat loss and overfishing
- Strategies for conservation and good management of the fish refuges design:
* Environmental education
* Constant biological monitoring
* Strengthening control and surveillance within the fish refuges through community participation
* Identification of alternative income
We are very confident that these fishing communities will continue to grow their capacities and will have very productive fish refuges.
We will let you know about their progress!
From July 31 to August 1st, the Fifth Tri National Fishermen Forum from the Gulf of Honduras was held in Punta Gorda, Belize. It was organized by the Tri National Alliance for the Conservation of the Gulf of Honduras - TRIGOH -.
The main objective of the forum was to strengthen the network of fish refuges in the Gulf.
A total of 79 persons among fishermen, staff from NGOs and Fisheries and Protected Areas authorities from the three countries (Belize, Guatemala and Honduras) participated in the forum. The most represented delegation was the one from Guatemala, folllowed by Belize and then Honduras. After evaluating the representation by sector, the fishers were the highest represented with 38 persons, follwed by the NGOs and the authorities with 31 and 10, respectively. Fisherwomen were also represented.
Among the results obtained during the forum are:
Eleven new potential sites were identified within the Gulf of Honduras as fish refuges as follows: six sites in Belize: 1 in Gladen Spit, 4 in Sapodilla Cayes and 1 in Port Honduras. In Honduras, the five sites identified were: Tulian, Barra de Chamalecon Boratex, Capiro, Los Micos and Peñón de Punta Isopo.
The representatives from the Fisheries and Protected Areas authorities committed to support the fish refuges initiatives among the three countries in order to consolidate the Network.
We will keep you posted of every progress TRIGOH has!
During the months of May and June, 2014, the national fishermen fora in each of the three countries of the Gulf of Honduras were held.
Under the coordination of the Tri national Alliance for the development of the Gulf of Honduras -TRIGOH-, fishermen associations and authorities spent a day discussing fisheries issues. The main topic of each of the meetings was the establishment of fish refuges in order to consolidate the Fishe Refuges Network.
The organized fishermen have given huge steps towards co-management in only one year. Most of them learned about the process of establishing fish refuges during the last tri national fishermen forum when Mexican fishermen shared their experiences.
The results of each of the fora will be discussed during the Tri National Fishermen Forum that willl be held in Punta Gorda, Belize on July 31.
We will keep you posted of the interesting outcomes and results from the tri national forum, as these will again be thanks to your collaboration and support.
The MAR Fund Team
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:
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.
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.
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