Jun 20, 2017

The hunt continues... throughout the MAR

IX Lionfish Derby
IX Lionfish Derby

Moving a little to the south, until we reach the Bay Islands in Honduras, Utila a crystal water paradise faces a threat, lionfish.

As part of the Lionfish Strategy, the NGO Bay Islands Conservation Association-UTILA (BICA-Utila), manager of the Turtle Harbour Rock Harbour Special Marine Protection Zone in Honduras, developed the IX Lionfish Derby at Utila.

Making sure that the all regulations are met, they have been carrying out lionfish hunt workshops, where they teach all of those who want to learn how to hunt for this deadly predator. So, once with a license in hand, they got a total of 86 competitors divided into 22 teams from different dive schools capturing a total of 294 individuals.

In collaboration with Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Centre (WSORC), all individual caught where dissected, in order for the NGO to create a database that will contribute to generate information, thus supporting decision making towards an effective management for the control and mitigation of this invasive species.

But this is not all, after all proper measurements were taken, a “Lionfish Cook Off” took place, where six restaurants (Mango Inn, Hot Spot Cafe, The Venue, Mario´s Place, Neptunes, Buccaneer’s) from the island prepared all the lionfish captured in different culinary options, thus showing the community the different dishes that can be created from this delicious fish.

All of this has been possible because of your support and belief in a better and healthy MAR.

Thank you

From the Mar Fund Team

Lionfish measurements
Lionfish measurements
showing-off the catch
showing-off the catch
Jun 13, 2017

New Solutions = Sustainability

Managed Access Fisher Photo credit: Jason Houston.
Managed Access Fisher Photo credit: Jason Houston.

Since 2011, Managed Access Management tool has been put into action piloted by the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) in Port Honduras Marine Reserve in Belize, together with the Fisheries Department, Environmental Defense Fund and other partners.

Managed Access is a fishery management tool that protects stocks by identifying traditional users of an area; granting local fishermen commercial fishing rights, putting an end to open access fishing, securing livelihoods, and fostering a sense that “this is our area and we need to take care of it.” The pilot resulted in measurable increases in catches of lobster and finfish, compliance with regulations, sense of ownership and participation.

Due to its success and palpable increase in catches, in 2015 the Government of Belize took the landmark decision to roll out Managed Access to all 3,000 square miles of Belize’s near-shore fishery. This is a world first and a major step toward fisheries recovery in the Mesoamerican Reef.

As a measurement to keep fishers involved in the process, forums have been held throughout the years, where information, lessons learnt and the fisher’s point of view in regards to the tool, is exchanged. 

With your help, we have been able to support fishing forums where important information is gathered and shared.

 

Thank you for being part of such an innovative tool and supporting our cause, to make our Region sustainable.

 

All the best,

The MAR Fund Team

Forum at Punta Gorda, Belize
Forum at Punta Gorda, Belize
Mar 24, 2017

Lionfish, our guest of honor

Dinner Gala invitation
Dinner Gala invitation

Because of all the lionfish derby developed by Mundo Azul Foundation, at the Motagüilla site, located in front of the river mouth of the Motagua River in Punta de Manabique in the coast of Guatemala, and as part of the support provided to the women from El Quetzalito Village in regard to techniques on how to cook lionfish, a Dinner Gala took place in August-2016 in Guatemala City.

The women from El Quetzalito Village, with the help of a famous Guatemalan chef Milly (Titi) Bruderer, presented their lionfish dishes to all who wanted to try such exquisite dish.

Not only did the women surprised us yet again with the lionfish as the main course, but because of Mundo Azul Foundation´s determination and our support, they were able to raise funds to donate 5 scholarships for one year to students of El Quetzalito Village.

In addition to placing The Quetzalito Village on the map because of its great cooks, the women established a very good relation with a well-known Guatemalan chef that offered to keep teaching them innovative cooking techniques.

All of this has been possible thanks to your involvement and support.

A big thank you from

The MAR Fund Team

lionfish dish
lionfish dish
Women from El Quetzalito Village
Women from El Quetzalito Village
 
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