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.
Sep 16, 2016

Getting everyone involved

Monitoring the Fish Recovery Sites in Guatemala
Monitoring the Fish Recovery Sites in Guatemala

As you all know, the first initiative to create fish recovery sites in Guatemala was driven by three communities of fishermen of Punta de Manabique Wildlife Refuge: La Graciosa, Santa Isabel and Punta Gruesa, working together with the Gillnetters and Manjueros Fishermen Committee of Puerto Barrios. Together with the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP), three sites where created two in La Graciosa Bay, Mono Rojo and Punta Gruesa, and the other one including the entire area of Santa Isabel Lagoon.

To be able to make the fish recovery sites sustainable and have them achieve their purpose, Ana Giró, Guatemalan Coordinator for the Healthy Reefs Initiative (HRI) and Dr. Luios Bourillon, Mesoamerican Reef Program Director for Community and Biodiversity (CoBi), experts on the topic helped the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP) by creating a Training Plan for community members.

The training is an important factor that seeks efficiency and higher productivity in the development of activities within the project "Establishing of the baseline and training for monitoring the three Zones of Fisheries Recovery Sites located in La Graciosa Bay and Laguna Santa Isabel, Punta de Manabique Wildlife Refuge”. The training plan is part of a process which highlights various activities such as appropriate management and importance, strengths and weaknesses as well as the steps to take for the sites to be successful, among others, that if worked together with community participation will achieve a positive effect in the population, providing knowledge to the communities of La Graciosa, Santa Isabel and Punta Gruesa on topics of importance on the Fish Recovery Sites.

Involving the communities in the process and sharing the how’s and why´s of the initiative will only help them get empowered and see it as their own, hence protecting the sites and following fishing regulations.

All of this has been possible because of the help you have provided, for this we are more than grateful.

Thank you for your support

The MAR Fund Team.

Jul 6, 2016

Hunting 2 save the reefs...derbies continue in Guatemala

hunting a predator
hunting a predator

As part of the extraction project developed by Mundo Azul Foundation and the Lionfish Strategy, the second derby of 2016 took place in the Guatemalan coasts, in Motagüilla site located in front of the river mouth of the Motagua River in Punta de Manabique, from March 8th through March 11th, with the participation of CONAP and community members from El Quetzalito.

Again we find ourselves in the Motagüilla site searching beneath rocks for this predator.

The morphometric measurements of each specimen caught were collected to keep track on the weight and size of each one, this information can be used in future studies of this species. As a result 8 lionfish specimens were caught, which were later used to create a new dish with the women from El Quetzalito community.

The difference in quantity caught between February and March, may be attributed to the changes in weather and current as well as the diminishing of the invaders because of the derbies. Further analysis to better understand lionfish behavior will be needed, as well as much more derbies.

Thank you for your support, we´ll keep you posted on how this story unravels.

measuring each specimen
measuring each specimen
creating a dish (women from El Quetzalito village)
creating a dish (women from El Quetzalito village)
Jun 21, 2016

Make them bigger keep them stronger

Buoys being moved in Mono Rojo site
Buoys being moved in Mono Rojo site

The Community Fisheries Program supports the active participation of organized groups of fisher men and women in fisheries management and recovery. Involving local community fishers has had a positive impact on being able to demarcate the fish recovery sites, a best practice that has proven to be an effective mechanism to restore and sustain ocean ecosystems.

As you all know, Punta de Manabique Wildlife Refuge, in Guatemala, has three fish recovery sites, two in La Graciosa Bay, Mono Rojo and Punta Gruesa, and one in Santa Isabel Lagoon. After two experts in the subject recommended moving the buoys to enlarge the fish recovery sites, a consensus took place between the National Council of Protected Areas -CONAP- entity that manages the area and the Community Development Committee -CODECO- from the communities of La Graciosa, Punta Gruesa and Santa Isabel. On March 29th-2016 two buoys from the fish recovery site in Mono Rojo and on May 18th-2016 two buoys in Punta Gruesa, located in La Graciosa Bay, were moved closer to the mangroves to enlarge the site which is a positive accomplishment within the area.

This only proves that the communities of fishers are willing and understand the importance of managing their resources in a sustainable way, ensuring the livelihoods of their future generations.

Having the communities understand the importance and benefits of fish recovery sites, keeping them informed and involved in the process will only help this initiative keep moving forward.

With your help, we have been able to promote and develop fish recovery sites throughout the region.

Thank you for your support.

Recovery Site Buoy
Recovery Site Buoy
Fishermen helping with the buoys
Fishermen helping with the buoys
fish recovery sites
fish recovery sites
 
   

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