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Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef

by Mesoamerican Reef Fund (MAR Fund)
Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef
Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef
Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef
Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef
Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef
Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef
Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef
Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef
Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef
Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef
Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef
Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef
Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef
Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef
Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef
Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef
Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef
Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef
Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef
Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef
Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef
Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef
Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef
Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef
Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef
Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef
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
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

We continue supporting Cuerpos de Conservación de Omoa (CCO), the NGO that co-administrates the Cuyamel Omoa National Park. With your help we were able to provide funding to develop a project called “Improving Governance and the Scientific Basis of Landscape in the Paraiso, Muchilena and Chachahuala” (PAMUCH) Fish Replenishment Zone, Omoa, Honduras”

Through this support we´ll be 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 objectives of this phase are:

  • Evaluate the progress made with the PAMUCH Interinstitutional Committee and propose new management actions.
  • Carry out a study of the area of influence of the ARP PAMUCH to determine the environmental problems and identify potential sustainable alternatives that will allow the improvement of income to the surrounding inhabitants and within the micro-watersheds.
  • Support a population study of the Lionfish by the Department of Biology of the UNAH Valle Sula and determine the potential for its local market.
  • Implement control and surveillance activities in PAMUCH.

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.

May this holiday season be fill with joy and love!

We´ll keep you posted on how this project is developed.

Happy Holidays

The MAR Fund Team.

As you all know our project “Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef” was selected by the Project of the Month Club as the project of the month of June. In follow up to this, we are going to work with 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. We will revalidate the cooperation agreement for the protection and sustainable use of hydro-biological resources, agreement that established and protected the three fish replenishment zones in 2012.

Through this support we´ll be able 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.

The objectives of this phase are:

  • Strengthen the biological monitoring of the fishing resource to know the current status of the RVSPM fish replenishment zones.
  • Generate a new anchoring system for the signaling and delimitation of the zones.
  • Perform the validation and signing of the II Cooperation Agreement between CONAP and the La Graciosa, Punta Gruesa and Laguna Santa Isabel Communities, for the conservation of the natural resources of the Protected Area.

The assistance for this initiative has been possible thanks to your support and your desire to help us achieve our goals.

You are part of this process, your help and confidence on us, pushes us to aim higher. Together we will be able to educate our communities in the importance of managing our resources in a sustainable way.

We will keep you posted on any progress achieved through this support.

Thank you

The MAR Fund Team

Project of the month of June
Project of the month of June

We wanted to share with all of you that our project “Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef” has been selected by the Project of the Month Club.

We believe in working hand in hand with fishing communities. This wonderful opportunity granted by the Project of the Month Club will help local fishermen in the Punta de Manabique Wildlife Refuge in Guatemala consolidate their fish replenishment zones. They will be able to revalidate the cooperation agreement for the protection and sustainable use of hydro-biological resources, agreement that established and protected the three fish replenishment zones in 2012. The agreement involves three communities -Santa Isabel, La Graciosa, and Punta Negra- that experienced the loss of fish stocks and wanted to do something about it. With the help of the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP), the fish replenishment zones were established and have been monitored since 2016. Now, the communities must revalidate the initial agreement with CONAP. Upon completing this requirement, the replenishment zones will continue to operate as no-take zones for an additional two-year period and continues monitoring will be developed.

It is key to these communities' food security that the fish replenishment zones continue to be managed as such. Monitoring results indicate that fish have begun to come back, comparing the quantity registered in the monitoring done in 2016, which showed a presence of 34 organisms, with the monitoring done in 2017 that registered a total of 352 organisms, proved a surge in fish stock within the zones. The increase of fish with economic and commercial importance for the communities has also been monitored, with a surge of bass (Centropomus undecimalis) from zero to 46 throughout this two year period and mackerel (Caranx hipos) from 14 to 62, among other species.

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

Thank you

From the MAR Fund Team.

 

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Mesoamerican Reef Fund (MAR Fund)

Location: Guatemala - Guatemala
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Project Leader:
Maria Jose Gonzalez
Executive Director
Guatemala, Guatemala
$3,331 raised of $90,000 goal
 
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