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