Managed Access Fisher Photo credit: Jason Houston.
Since 2011, Managed Access Management tool has been put into action piloted by the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) in Port Honduras Marine Reserve in Belize, together with the Fisheries Department, Environmental Defense Fund and other partners.
Managed Access is a fishery management tool that protects stocks by identifying traditional users of an area; granting local fishermen commercial fishing rights, putting an end to open access fishing, securing livelihoods, and fostering a sense that “this is our area and we need to take care of it.” The pilot resulted in measurable increases in catches of lobster and finfish, compliance with regulations, sense of ownership and participation.
Due to its success and palpable increase in catches, in 2015 the Government of Belize took the landmark decision to roll out Managed Access to all 3,000 square miles of Belize’s near-shore fishery. This is a world first and a major step toward fisheries recovery in the Mesoamerican Reef.
As a measurement to keep fishers involved in the process, forums have been held throughout the years, where information, lessons learnt and the fisher’s point of view in regards to the tool, is exchanged.
With your help, we have been able to support fishing forums where important information is gathered and shared.
Thank you for being part of such an innovative tool and supporting our cause, to make our Region sustainable.
All the best,
The MAR Fund Team
Forum at Punta Gorda, Belize