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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

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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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

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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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Protecting our resources
Protecting our resources

Traveling north from Honduras and nestling in the Caribbean Sea we reach Utila, one of the Bay Islands of Honduras, where fishing communities in their concern about the decline of fisheries, have proposed to protect areas that help the recovery of the marine resource. Los Cayitos community in Utila, have expressed their interest in declaring replenishment zones that will help achieve this goal.

To this end the NGO Bay Islands Conservation Association-UTILA (BICA-Utila) and Centro de Estudios Marinos (CEM) have joined forces with the fishermen to establish replenishment zones for the conservation of the resource and the future of generations to come. Since 2016 the process to establish this zones began and meetings with fishermen from Los Cayitos have been held, to discuss potential zones.

Three zones were identified and CEM developed a biological methodology, which evaluates the state of the marine resource following biophysical criteria and traditional knowledge, in order to support the declaration of the fish replenishment zones. The data obtained in this biological baseline showed that many of the important commercial fish species have low abundance and biomass, due to fishing pressure in the area.

After yet another meeting with fishermen, two zones were approved by the fishermen, White Water and Old Bank. Up to date the Municipal Ordinance for the establishment of fish replenishment zones is currently being drafted. 

All this work has been possible thanks to your support on helping us achieve our goal. 

 

Thank you for being part of our family and putting our marine resources first. 

The MAR Fund Team

Consultation with fishermen
Consultation with fishermen
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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
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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

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