May 29, 2019

Results achieved in PAMUCH

Socializing the action plan
Socializing the action plan

As reported before, with your help we were able to work with the Cuerpos de Conservación de Omoa (CCO) in the project “Improving Governance and the Scientific Basis of Landscape in the Paraiso, Muchilena and Chachahuala” (PAMUCH) Fish Replenishment Zone, Omoa, Honduras”,

Through this support we were able to strengthen the Governance with the participation of stakeholders, expand the information base of the landscape of PAMUCH, promote processes of scientific research and social knowledge of the lionfish and expand the technical recommendations for its control.

The results achieved with this project were:

  • Improved coordination in the implementation of the existing Action Plan for conservation and management of PAMUCH, reaching agreements with institutions involved in the management, within this agreements we have: strengthening fishing groups, the physical delimitation of PAMUCH, continuing to support clean-up of the bodies of water in the protected area;
  • Development of a spatial and multi-temporal analysis of the micro-basins that influence PAMUCH fish replenishment zone. The files generated will serve as planning and management tools for the micro watersheds;
  • Development of the study "Determination of the Distribution and Relative Abundance of the Lionfish in the Cuyamel Wildlife Refuge - PAMUCH Zone" carried out by Personnel of the Department of Biology of the UNAH-Valle Sula with the support of CCO. The results obtained through this study cannot be shared yet, since there are still in the analysis phase. To date what has been gathered is a database; descriptive statistics; media, fashion and frequency distribution; among others;
  • Development of a control and surveillance plan coordinated by the Dirección General de Pesca y Acuicultura (DIGEPESCA) for the marine patrols and the Instituto Nacional de Conservación Forestal Áreas Protegidas y Vida Silvestre (ICF) for the land patrols.

All support provided has been possible thanks to your involvement, each activity developed takes us closer to the thriving resource we want our future generations to enjoy.

Thank you for your help and for believing in our work.

The MAR Fund Team.

Patrols in PAMUCH
Patrols in PAMUCH
Confiscated gillnet
Confiscated gillnet
May 29, 2019

Getting more people involved

and the Hunt begins
and the Hunt begins

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

In January all preparation began, a workshop was developed for licensing for lionfish hunting through which five people were licensed. Activities to promote the derby were carried out and resulted in 10 more divers being licensed to participate.

To get even none-divers involved BICA-Utila developed two dissection workshop to train 37 participants in data collection, so all specimens collected could be analyzed.

When the time came, 63 competitors got listed, distributed into 16 teams from different dive schools and one conservation organization. Working together they were able to capture a total of 277 individuals. In collaboration, with seven students, community member, the Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Centre (WSORC), KANAHAU, the Bay Island Foundation, Parrots Dive Center and Centro Universitario Regional del Litoral Atlántico (CURLA) all individual caught where dissected. This information helps the NGO to continue feeding their database that contributes to generating information, thus supporting decision making towards an effective management for the control and mitigation of this invasive species.

All individuals after being dissected were filleted obtaining a total of 48 pounds of fillet. The fillets were delivered to five restaurants (Neptune’s at Coral Beach Village, Islanders, The Venue, Mango Inn Bar and Grill and Mr. Peter’s Goods), who feeling the competitive thrive, participated in the “Lionfish Cook Off”, a competition for the best lionfish dish, which allows restaurants to publicize their culinary options, showcasing their different dishes created from this delicious fish.


All of this has been able, thanks to your support in fighting this deadly predator

Thank you for being part of this fight

The MAR Fund Team

Lionfish
Lionfish
Data collection
Data collection
The catch
The catch
Cook-off participants
Cook-off participants
Feb 28, 2019

Results achieved up to date in Guatemala

First catch to monitor
First catch to monitor

As reported before, through the Project of the Month Club we were able to work with the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP) and help local fishermen in the Punta de Manabique Wildlife Refuge (RVSPM) in Guatemala consolidate their fish replenishment zones.

Aiming to strengthen the extension and actions to comply with the II Agreement between CONAP and the La Graciosa, Punta Gruesa and Laguna Santa Isabel communities for the administration, management and sustainable use of the RVSPM fish replenishment zones (FRZ).

The objectives stated within this support have been worked on, up to date CONAP has been able to acquire the equipment needed to develop the first monitoring within the FRZ and the buoys, with its anchoring system, have been renovated and are going to be placed to demarcate the FRZ.

The process to sign the II Agreement is on its way, awaiting the approval from CONAP´s central office to be able to sign it with the communities.

Thank you all for being part of this journey with us, all we have achieved has been thanks to your support.

We look forward to continue helping the Punta de Manabique communities move forward with their effort to recover their fisheries. We´ll keep you posted.

Thank you

From the MAR Fund Team.

measuring the catch
measuring the catch
Improved presence of fish within the FRZ
Improved presence of fish within the FRZ
 
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