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 29, 2015

Strengthening the network of fish refuges

As a strategy to move forward on a sustainable way with the network of fish refuges in the Gulf of Honduras, the Tri National Alliance for the Development of the Gulf of Honduras, with the support of the MAR Fund, is carrying out a project that will formally invlove youth in better fishing practices in the Gulf of Honduras.

Some of the activities developed so far are:

  • The four targeted fishing communities were visited and the young participants were selected.
  • A diagnostic of the communities to determine their current involvement in the development and support of the network of fish refuges has been carried out with the designed methodology.
  • The training modules in environmental education and natural resources, and in fishing regulations for youth have been prepared jointly with San Carlos University students, who will provide support and follow up during the training process.

As the youth represent the future for the natural resources, we are certain that this project will have great results that will reflect on the improvement and enlargement of the network.

We will keep you posted!

Dec 29, 2015

MAR strategy presented at the 2015 GCFI meeting

We are delighted to tell you that the Lionfish Management Workshop, as a side event at the 68th annual general meeting of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI) held in Panama, brought together over 50 conservation practitioners, government departments, non-governmental organizations and academics working in the field of lionfish control and management from across the Wider Caribbean Region. Thank you to CAR-SPAW-RAC for organizing the event!

Jennifer Chapman, Blue Ventures Country Coordinator in Belize, presented the Regional Strategy for the Control of Lionfish in the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR), on behalf of the MAR Fund.

We already received some comments from people outside the MAR region that are very interested inthe process we took, with your support, to achieve this important step.  

The MAR Fund team takes this opportunity to wish you a Happy Holidays and all a the best for 2016!

Sep 24, 2015

Exploitation strategy moving forward in Belize!

After a few months that the Belize Fisheries Department jointly with Blue Ventures began their project "A practical approach to long-term lionfish control: developing Belize’s national lionfish exploitation strategy.", they have already accomplished significant results.  Some of these are:

  • They have completed the trainig component with fishers regarding lionfish monitoring
  • Gathered all baseline indicators for programme evaluation
  • Designed the social marketing campaign
  • Set up the survey design and schedule for monitoring in five marine reserves

This has not been without significant challenges, given the high variability in lionfish population density discovered from their pilot surveys, which has required them to modify their initial survey design.

Whilst they have been implementing these activities, they have of course also been planning the next steps - that is, implementing the strategy.

We really look forward to receive the progress report from the Fisheries Department, so we will learn more from their progress and be able to share them with you.

Thank you all for your support!

 

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