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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
Sustainable Fisheries Network Members
Sustainable Fisheries Network Members

To face the challenges present in the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) region and promote a responsible management and sustainable use of fisheries and marine resources, on November, 2017, the Mesoamerican Reef´s Sustainable Fisheries Network was created.

This network is integrated by fishery cooperatives, civil associations, academia, government agencies and, from the four countries of the MAR; members that aim to support the sustainability of the fisheries.

With this network, knowledge and best practices on sustainable fisheries are shared among actors of the four countries of the MAR (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras). The MAR shares similarities in its biodiversity and marine-coastal ecosystems and the economy of the region is highly dependent on marine resources. The populations that depend on these resources, although very diverse, share cultural roots and economic needs to maintain their financial stability and way of life.

With your support, the network has been able to develop workshops focusing on identifying key actors that support sustainable fisheries, projects developed in the region and promoting strategies that will help the network achieve its goal successfully.

All of this activities have been possible because you believe in our work, and as us, you also want to help the region achieve the sustainability of its resources. We´ll keep you posted on how this network moves forward.

Thank you and may this Holiday Season be filled with joy and laughter.

Happy Holidays!

The MAR Fund Team.

The Yum Balam Flora and Fauna Protection Area (APFFYB) is located in the Yucatan Peninsula (north) at an approximate distance of 45 km northeast of Kantunilkín, main town of Lázaro Cárdenas, State of Quintana Roo. The area covers an area of 154,052 hectares, corresponding to the coastal-marine strip of said municipality (Mojica and Arrivillaga 2014).

This area is managed by the government institution National Commission of Natural Protected Areas and through your support we were able to provide funding to develop a project called “Marking of lobster shades in Yum Balam Flora and Fauna Protection Area”.

The goal of this project is to carry out geographic data collection of the lobster shades aimed at achieving a better management and administration of the lobster fishery (Panulirus argus), by the APFF Yum Balam fishing cooperatives, as well as to facilitate control and surveillance for illegal fishing. This study will provide data to be able to create a map of the area with geographical landmarks and / or defined use plots.

The activities to be developed are:

  • Identify the fishermen who have lobster shades in the Yum Balam Flora and Fauna Protection Area, specifically in the communities of Chiquilá and Holbox.
  • Organize field trips that allow the collection of geographical data of the lobster shades and verify their exact location.
  • Creation of a map with geographical landmarks of lobster shades and land boundaries of each fisherman and by fishing cooperative. 

All support provided has been possible thanks to your involvement, thank you for your help and for believing in our work.

We´ll keep you posted on the results achieved with this project.

The MAR Fund Team.

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.

 

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Mesoamerican Reef Fund (MAR Fund)

Location: Guatemala - Guatemala
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Twitter: @MAR_Fund
Project Leader:
Maria Jose Gonzalez
Executive Director
Guatemala, Guatemala
$3,368 raised of $90,000 goal
 
137 donations
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