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
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)
 
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