Nov 22, 2019

The National Strategy is in place in Punta de Manabique

Lurking predator
Lurking predator

After 13 months of hard work, the support provided to the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP), jointly with Seeds of the Ocean (SDO) and the Center for Sea Studies and Aquaculture (CEMA), in Punta de Manabique Wildlife Refuge has paid off.

The project “Sustainable actions for the management, reduction and consumption incentive of the lionfish invasive species Pterois volitans (Linnaeus, 1758) in the Caribbean of Guatemala” has come to a successful end. Through this project actions that allow the control, management and reduction of the lionfish have been established with the creation of the National Strategy and the National Committee of Lionfish P. volitans for the Caribbean of Guatemala. The National Strategy has been presented to CONAP and its waiting approval.

The information acquired through the monitoring and extraction events, developed monthly, has provided knowledge in regards to the species behavior and a baseline has been created. All the catch specimens were used to promote the consumption of the species through a gastronomic event carried out in Puerto Barrios, with the participation of the Women's Group of the El Quetzalito Community.

Each action taken to understanding this species, helps area managers make proper and informed decisions in regards to its control in the Caribbean of Guatemala coast.

This support has been able thanks to your continuous help and engagement with our projects.

We thank you for your trust and we hope this holiday season is full of joy and laughter.

Happy Holidays to you and yours

The MAR Fund Team.

Lionfish monitoring
Lionfish monitoring
Hunting the predator
Hunting the predator
Caught
Caught
Lionfish on its way to the gastronomic event
Lionfish on its way to the gastronomic event
Women Group of El Quetzalito Community
Women Group of El Quetzalito Community
Main dish
Main dish
Aug 27, 2019

Supporting Yum Balam Flora and Fauna Protection Area, Mexico

The Yum Balam Flora and Fauna Protection Area (APFFYB) is located in the Yucatan Peninsula (north) at an approximate distance of 45 km northeast of Kantunilkín, main town of Lázaro Cárdenas, State of Quintana Roo. The area covers an area of 154,052 hectares, corresponding to the coastal-marine strip of said municipality (Mojica and Arrivillaga 2014).

This area is managed by the government institution National Commission of Natural Protected Areas and through your support we were able to provide funding to develop a project called “Marking of lobster shades in Yum Balam Flora and Fauna Protection Area”.

The goal of this project is to carry out geographic data collection of the lobster shades aimed at achieving a better management and administration of the lobster fishery (Panulirus argus), by the APFF Yum Balam fishing cooperatives, as well as to facilitate control and surveillance for illegal fishing. This study will provide data to be able to create a map of the area with geographical landmarks and / or defined use plots.

The activities to be developed are:

  • Identify the fishermen who have lobster shades in the Yum Balam Flora and Fauna Protection Area, specifically in the communities of Chiquilá and Holbox.
  • Organize field trips that allow the collection of geographical data of the lobster shades and verify their exact location.
  • Creation of a map with geographical landmarks of lobster shades and land boundaries of each fisherman and by fishing cooperative. 

All support provided has been possible thanks to your involvement, thank you for your help and for believing in our work.

We´ll keep you posted on the results achieved with this project.

The MAR Fund Team.

Aug 27, 2019

New National Lionfish Management Strategy in Belize

Belize National Lionfish Management Strategy
Belize National Lionfish Management Strategy

As reported previously and following the creation of the Regional Strategy for the Control of Lionfish in MAR (2014), in support to this effort and with your help, on February 21, 2019 in Belize City, Blue Ventures launched theBelize´s National Lionfish Management Strategy (NLMS) in collaboration with the Belize Fisheries Department. This was done almost exactly ten years since the invasive red lionfish (Pterois volitans) was officially recorded in Belize, as reported by Blue Ventures. This strategy provides guidelines for the design and implementation of lionfish management.

The NLMS is designed to help governments, conservation groups and other actors in the Caribbean region manage lionfish populations effectively. It incorporates environmental, social and economic well-being goals, and provides specific recommendations for the adaptive management of lionfish in Belize.

Following the launch of the NLMS, Blue Ventures brought together a multidisciplinary team of 17 people to establish the Lionfish Working Group (LWG). This group is tasked with guiding the implementation of the strategy.

The group has already held two quarterly meetings and has established their terms of reference, developed membership criteria, reviewed their activity timeline for 2019, and is preparing for the Lionfish Focused Search (LFS) survey in late September 2019.

All support provided has been possible thanks to your involvement, thank you for your help and for believing in our work.

The MAR Fund Team.

 
WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.