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.
Jun 15, 2015

Monitoring the fish refuges in Banco Chinchorro and Sian Kaa'n

Banco Chinchorro and Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserves are marine protected areas in Mexico that declared three fish refuges with the support of the following Fishers Cooperatives: Langosteros del Caribe, Banco Chinchorro, Andrés Quintana Roo, Jose Maria Azcorra and Cozumel. This was done three years ago and since their inception on 2012, these refuges have been monitored once a year to learn about the ecological improvement they have had.

After at least four monitoring exercises (2012-2015), the results are encouraging.  Some of these are:

Banco Chinchorro

  • The total biomass of snappers and groupers has increased 217%
  • The coral reef cover also increased in around 8%

Sian Ka'an

  • The biomass of snappers increased 146% (there are larger fish)
  • The refuge protects the reproductive aggregation site for groupers 

It is because of results like these that we are happy for your support.  

We will keep you updated!

Mar 16, 2015

Lionfish exploitation strategy in Belize, recommended for approval

On January 29, 2015, MAR Fund's Grants Review Committee got together to evaluate, discuss and recomend for support the proposals that were submitted during the Seventh Request for Proposals.

One of the proposals submitted by Belize came from the Fisheries Department and it was address to develop the lionfish National Exploitation Strategy.

We are glad to inform that the proposal entitled 'A practical approach to long-term lionfish control: developing Belize’s national lionfish exploitation strategy' was recommended for support.  The Committee made clear recomendations to the proposal and the Fisheries Department accepted them.

We expect to sign the grant agreement at the end of March so they can start activities in April.

Supporting initiatives like this is the way to control this invasive species.

We will keep you posted on what actions are taken by this national strategy in Belize.

Mar 16, 2015

New support for Cuyamel Omoa in Honduras

Guardhouse built and equipped in Cuyamel-Omoa
Guardhouse built and equipped in Cuyamel-Omoa

On January 29, 2015, the Grants Review Committee of MAR Fund gathered together in Guatemala City to evaluate and recommend fo approval the proposals that were submitted during the 7th Request for Proposals.

Cuerpos de Conservación de Omoa, the NGO that co-administrates the Cuyamel Omoa National Park, submitted the continuation of two previous successful and well-developed grants that began in 2013 with the objective to create a fisheries recovery site in the marine protected area. This new proposal is entitled 'Managing ecosystems and promoting economic alternatives in the area of fisheries recovery site PAMUCH'.  

To date, the project has achieved the following main results:

  • Fishers and authorities made a field visit to Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge to learn from their experience
  • Proposal of a 900 Hectares fisheries recovery site
  • Participative physical delimitation of the area by the fishers
  • Establishment of the baseline of biodiversity and abundance of fish
  • A guard house was built and equipped to ensure presence in the area 

This following phase will include the signature of the co-management agreement between authorities and fishers and the establishment of economic alternatives for the fishermen that árticipated in the initiative.

We are certain that with this support, CCO will consolidate all the efforts they have done and results will be shortly noticed.  We will be glad to share them with you!

 
   

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