Supporting Yum Balam Flora and Fauna Protection Area, Mexico
By Ximena Flamenco - Project Officer II
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.
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