Dec 11, 2017

Replenishment zones up north

Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Moving a little to the north east side of Belize, we find Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS), the second largest marine protected area in Belize, encompassing approximately 72,000 hectares of the Belize portion of the Mesoamerican Reef’s largest estuarine system.

This area is co-managed by the Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development (SACD) since 2007, in partnership with the Forestry Department. SACD is a community-oriented organization that promotes the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources for the benefit of present and future generations. Dedicated to improving the quality of life of the stakeholder communities of Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

With this in mind, since 2012, SACD recommended the initiative of setting fish replenishment zones in order to have sustainable fisheries within the area. This idea surface while the sustainable fisheries plan was being developed and since then national follow up has taken place, learning from other protected areas that already have fish replenishment zones.

Part of this initiative is to ensure traditional fishers (fishermen that have fished in CBWS all his/her life) have access to the resources. Up to date, SACD has recommended seven fish replenishment zones and consultations with parties involved and the Government, have taken place.

Setting this zones within a Wildlife Sanctuary will be a first and, with your support, SACD is closer to achieving this goal and breaking the scheme that replenishment zones are only stablished within marine protected areas. By doing this, SACD will be a pioneer that will then guide other Wildlife Sanctuaries, that are facing the social conflict of access to resources, and provide knowledge to replicate this initiative.

Thank you for supporting sustainable fisheries and being part of this great achievement.

 The MAR Fund Team

CBWS
CBWS
Sep 18, 2017

A distinguish dish

Getting ready to present their dishes
Getting ready to present their dishes

Keeping track of the women from El Quetzalito Village in Guatemala and because of the work done by Mundo Azul Foundation at the Motagüilla site, located in front of the river mouth of the Motagua River in Punta de Manabique in the coast of Guatemala. The women continue to work with lionfish creating exceptional dishes.

This time we find them in Guatemala City at Tikal Futura Expo-center, participating in the Food Fair presenting delicious options, being the lionfish the main course. The National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP) was able to bring them to the city and also provided them with the support needed to be able to participate in such exciting activity.

With each new opportunity that presents itself, the women promote the support they have gotten from CONAP and you.

With your help, they have been able to showcase their unique cooking skills, educating the population on this extravagant, yet delicious dish, making them proud to be able to share their experience.

 

All of this has been possible thanks to your involvement.

A big thank you from

The MAR Fund Team

Sep 11, 2017

Sharing best practices

CCO presenting the PAMUCH Fish Recovery Site
CCO presenting the PAMUCH Fish Recovery Site

Cuerpos de Conservación de Omoa (CCO), the NGO that co-administrates the Cuyamel Omoa National Park, Honduras, continues to thrive with the fisheries recovery site "Paraiso, Muchilena and Chachahuala” (PAMUCH). The creation of this site has had a positive effect on resources managements and its success has reached organizations outside the MAR Region, such as Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Chile.

As we all know, protected areas are one of the most important mechanisms for the protection of biodiversity. Chile has a major challenge in terms of financing its protected areas, with marine units having the poorest financial situation, with funding of $ 0.01 per protected hectare. The recent declarations of new marine protected areas by the Government, such as the Mar de Juan Fernández Multiple Uses Coastal Marine Protected Area (1.1 million ha) and the Nazca-Desventuradas Marine Park (30 million ha), further highlight the importance of evaluating non-traditional financing alternatives.

WCS-Chile is implementing the project applying financial instruments and integrating the fisheries to build an effective and sustainable management of the marine protected areas of the Chilean Patagonia. The objective of this project is to evaluate and propose alternatives for financing the management of protected areas in Chile, with a focus on non-traditional sources of financing.

With this in mind, WCS-Chile together with the Environmental Ministry of Chile and MAR Fund, visited CCO at Cuyamel Omoa on August 1st-2017 with the objective of learning about the experience and lessons learned that CCO has had with the creation of the fisheries recovery site PAMUCH. This visit helped WCS-Chile understand how this type of initiative works and what the benefits of it is, every knowledge acquired will help them analyze the possibility of its eventual implementation in Chile.

With your help we have been able to continue supporting projects that aim to protect our resources. Sustaining positive impacts we have been able to share our best practices with others who are searching for ways to manage their resources as well.

Thank you for trusting in our initiatives!

MAR Fund Team

 

Getting ready to visit the site
Getting ready to visit the site
PAMUCH
PAMUCH
 
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