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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
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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CCO presenting the PAMUCH Fish Recovery Site
CCO presenting the PAMUCH Fish Recovery Site

Cuerpos de Conservación de Omoa (CCO), the NGO that co-administrates the Cuyamel Omoa National Park, Honduras, continues to thrive with the fisheries recovery site "Paraiso, Muchilena and Chachahuala” (PAMUCH). The creation of this site has had a positive effect on resources managements and its success has reached organizations outside the MAR Region, such as Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Chile.

As we all know, protected areas are one of the most important mechanisms for the protection of biodiversity. Chile has a major challenge in terms of financing its protected areas, with marine units having the poorest financial situation, with funding of $ 0.01 per protected hectare. The recent declarations of new marine protected areas by the Government, such as the Mar de Juan Fernández Multiple Uses Coastal Marine Protected Area (1.1 million ha) and the Nazca-Desventuradas Marine Park (30 million ha), further highlight the importance of evaluating non-traditional financing alternatives.

WCS-Chile is implementing the project applying financial instruments and integrating the fisheries to build an effective and sustainable management of the marine protected areas of the Chilean Patagonia. The objective of this project is to evaluate and propose alternatives for financing the management of protected areas in Chile, with a focus on non-traditional sources of financing.

With this in mind, WCS-Chile together with the Environmental Ministry of Chile and MAR Fund, visited CCO at Cuyamel Omoa on August 1st-2017 with the objective of learning about the experience and lessons learned that CCO has had with the creation of the fisheries recovery site PAMUCH. This visit helped WCS-Chile understand how this type of initiative works and what the benefits of it is, every knowledge acquired will help them analyze the possibility of its eventual implementation in Chile.

With your help we have been able to continue supporting projects that aim to protect our resources. Sustaining positive impacts we have been able to share our best practices with others who are searching for ways to manage their resources as well.

Thank you for trusting in our initiatives!

MAR Fund Team

 

Getting ready to visit the site
Getting ready to visit the site
PAMUCH
PAMUCH
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Managed Access Fisher Photo credit: Jason Houston.
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
Forum at Punta Gorda, Belize
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Due to its easy access and its nearness to urban centers, the marine resources in the Omoa Bay have been subject to anthropogenic and natural pressures, such as, solid waste, invasive species, illegal fishing, among others, which have led to a significant reduction in fisheries.

Because of this and as follow up to the project “Managing ecosystems and promoting economic alternatives in the area of fisheries recovery site PAMUCH”, presented by Cuerpos de Conservación de Omoa, the NGO that co-administrates the Cuyamel Omoa National Park and developed within the community of Cuyamel. The NGO presented a new proposal “Sustainable management of coastal-marine ecosystems of the PAMUCH fisheries recovery site, Cuyamel Omoa National Park, Honduras” making it possible to begin a new phase.

This new phase aims to:

  1. Develop an environmental management of the reef and Chachaguala Lagoon of the PAMUCH fisheries recovery site, Cuyamel Omoa National Park through:
  2. Generate a process to divulgate the regulations and the existence of the PAMUCH fisheries recovery site at a National level.
  3. Promote economic alternatives using Lionfish as a source of revenue and an action to eradicate this invasive species.
  4. Get to know the current state of the coastal-marine ecosystems within PAMUCH.
  5. Reduce illegal fishing activities within PAMUCH.
  6. Reduce the amount of solid waste that is suspended and deposited in the Cachaguala lagoon and its surroundings.

All of this activities and successes have been able thanks to your support and faith in our projects. Because of you and your help, we have been able to follow up on previous activities, providing continuation to projects that have had a positive impacts in the region.

So thank you, for being part of our story.

The MAR Fund Team

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Presenting the sites monitored
Presenting the sites monitored

As part of the fish recovery sites initiative in Guatemala, the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP) has held important meetings with all actors, institutions, organizations and the representatives from the three communities where the refuges are stablished (La Graciosa, Punta Gruesa and Santa Isabel), involved with the initiative.

So far five meetings have been held in 2016 and a final meeting was developed on December 13-2016. In each meeting important topics are discussed such as, the legal process to approve the Fish Recovery Sites, involvement of the community members in the process of water quality monitoring and fish recovery sites monitoring, fishing closed season, control and surveillance, among others. All this information is shared so every representative is well informed of the activities under taken in the sites.

For the final meeting, CONAP presented the results obtained from each monitoring done to evaluate the fish stock in the fish recovery sites, this monitoring have proven an increase in fish stock, size and the presence of larvae within the sites. Helping the community members and fishermen understand the value this sites have for the sustainability of the resource. As well as, the final report was delivered to each institution and community leaders.

The importance of developing this meetings and keeping everyone informed is a best practice that, not only provides information to all actors involved, but also demonstrates the progress and benefits the fish recovery sites have had on the resources health and stock.

Being able to develop said meetings and promote the importance of this initiative has been possible thanks to your support.

So thank you, for taking the time on being part of this extraordinary initiative and helping us boost community participation and understanding of our natural resources.

We also want to take the time and wish a Happy Holidays, may this New Year bring blessings your way.

All the best

The MAR Fund Team

CONAP presenting results
CONAP presenting results
Getting everyone involved
Getting everyone involved
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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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