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

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!

Sep 24, 2015

Re activation of the Cuero y Salado agreement

Five years have passed since the signing of the co-management agreement in Barras de Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge in Honduras.

After this time, several actions have been made, including the construction and equipment of fish collection centers in the fishing communities that are supporting and respecting the fish refuges established in 2010.

However, every commitment needs to sometimes make a break, evaluate its action lines and update and/or improve them.

This is exactly what Cuero y Salado Foundation (FUCSA) intendes to do with the co-management agreement during the coming months.  FUCSA has submmitted a proposal with, among others, the following activities:

  • to develop four working meetings among the co-management agreement signatories
  • to review the legal and technical frame of the agreement
  • to improve and strengthen the control and surveillance strategy
  • to monitor the fish extraction collected and stored in the fish collection center

We believe this is a very strategic and important step to take, as protected areas are such dynamic ecosystems, and financial resources as well as personal staff are fragile aspects in must Government organizations, conditions may have changed snce the signing of the agreement.

We encourage FUCSA and its partners to go ahead and begin this important process!

We also invite you to continue collaborating with us, in order to be able to support proposals like this in the future to other organizations that have wisely begin the co-management of fisheries resources road.

Thank you very much!

 
   

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