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 20, 2016

Promise made, promise kept

Ready for the Festival
Ready for the Festival

With the catches obtained during the derby that took place in the month of April-2016 in the Motagüilla site, located in front of the river mouth of the Motagua River in Punta de Manabique in the coast of Guatemala, Mundo Azul Foundation provided the women from El Quetzalito village the material needed to participate in the Gastronomic Festival that took place on Saturday April 23rd in Izabal, Guatemala.

The participation from the women had its benefits, thanks to Mundo Azul Foundation, the women showcased their best lionfish dishes at the festival, after practicing with the help of a famous Guatemalan chef Milly (Titi) Bruderer.

We are happy to announce that as a result of their effort and hunger for knowledge, the women from El Quetzalito were able to present to the judges’ unique lionfish dishes which got them 2nd and 3rd place in the festival.

This activity only proves that the communities are interested on investing their time in learning how to handle and cook lionfish and also understand how important it is to work together to a) manage their fisheries resources for the benefit of the reefs and b) take their cooking skills to the next level.

Reaching this goal wouldn’t have been able without your help, for which we are grateful.

With this they were able to let everybody know that the women from El Quetzalito can cook.

Thank you again for your support!

We also want to take the time and wish you a Happy Holidays, may this New Year bring blessings your way.

All the best

The MAR Fund Team

The special guest :)
The special guest :)
Lionfish dish
Lionfish dish
Delicious dish
Delicious dish
Judges tasting the dishes
Judges tasting the dishes
Receiving the prize, 2nd & 3rd place
Receiving the prize, 2nd & 3rd place
Dec 14, 2016

Sharing information

Presenting the sites monitored
Presenting the sites monitored

As part of the fish recovery sites initiative in Guatemala, the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP) has held important meetings with all actors, institutions, organizations and the representatives from the three communities where the refuges are stablished (La Graciosa, Punta Gruesa and Santa Isabel), involved with the initiative.

So far five meetings have been held in 2016 and a final meeting was developed on December 13-2016. In each meeting important topics are discussed such as, the legal process to approve the Fish Recovery Sites, involvement of the community members in the process of water quality monitoring and fish recovery sites monitoring, fishing closed season, control and surveillance, among others. All this information is shared so every representative is well informed of the activities under taken in the sites.

For the final meeting, CONAP presented the results obtained from each monitoring done to evaluate the fish stock in the fish recovery sites, this monitoring have proven an increase in fish stock, size and the presence of larvae within the sites. Helping the community members and fishermen understand the value this sites have for the sustainability of the resource. As well as, the final report was delivered to each institution and community leaders.

The importance of developing this meetings and keeping everyone informed is a best practice that, not only provides information to all actors involved, but also demonstrates the progress and benefits the fish recovery sites have had on the resources health and stock.

Being able to develop said meetings and promote the importance of this initiative has been possible thanks to your support.

So thank you, for taking the time on being part of this extraordinary initiative and helping us boost community participation and understanding of our natural resources.

We also want to take the time and wish a Happy Holidays, may this New Year bring blessings your way.

All the best

The MAR Fund Team

CONAP presenting results
CONAP presenting results
Getting everyone involved
Getting everyone involved
Sep 30, 2016

Helping the reefs resilience... derbies continue in Guatemala

Hunting lion fish
Hunting lion fish

Continuing with the extraction of lionfish in the Motagüilla site, located in front of the river mouth of the Motagua River in Punta de Manabique in the coast of Guatemala, Mundo Azul Foundation with the support of the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP) and members from El Quetzalito community, developed the third derby of 2016 from April 10th through April 14th.

Although this time there was a slight change of plans, the team went one mile farther out from the original site in Motagüilla for two dives to hunt more specimens. Why is this, you may ask… well on Saturday April 23rd, the Gastronomic Festival took place in Izabal, Guatemala and the women from El Quetzalito participated with different lionfish dishes learnt, so they needed more fish. In this hunt 40 specimens where acquired in the area and taken back so they could be cooked and presented at the Festival.

The other two dives did happen in the Motagüilla site to record any changes in lionfish presence since the derbies began. In this site the presence of lionfish is diminishing, as a result only 7 specimens where hunted in this area. Proving that controlled, planned and organized derbies have their benefit and positive outcomes.

With your support, aside from being able to diminish the population of lionfish, we were able to help the women from El Quetzalito be part of the Gastronomic Festival and showcase their special dishes.

 

Enjoy!

We´ll share the results of the Festival on our next report.

A bucket full of goods
A bucket full of goods
Community member showing off his catch
Community member showing off his catch
 
   

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