Many communities that live along the Mesoamerican coast are dependent on nearby fish stocks as a primary source of food and for their livelihoods. Additionally abundant fish populations are a key component in a healthy reef. By encouraging community participation in the management of these fish populations, the local people are empowered to take control of their futures and are given a unique opportunity to learn about fisheries management.
Organized fishing communities will be able to request support through an open proposal presentation process, ranging from organizational strengthening, to monitoring their resources or developing management plans.
The project will educate and empower fishing communities to effectively co-manage the natural resources they depend on for their livelihoods. This leads to sustainable fishing practices and conservation in the reef.