The Sustainable Fisheries Network of the MAR with support from Comunidad y Biodiversidad (COBI), developed a two day webinar with participants from the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) region. The objective of this webinar was to share processes, monitoring technics and results achieved in fish replenishment zones (FRZ) with organizations from the MAR.
It was developed in two days and it was divided into two topics, Underwater Monitoring and Fishery Monitoring. A total of 39 participants were part of the webinar and organizations from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras presented the work they are doing.
The FRZ are areas of the ocean that are protected against all extractive and destructive activities, they help entire ecosystems recover since no activities are allowed within them. By implementing FRZ, we are providing a safe space for species that seek protection in mangroves, coral reefs and sea grasses. With the increased number of organisms within the zone, species spill outside the zone and thus benefit fishers, this is called spillover zones.
It is important to study the impacts these FRZ have on fisheries and a systematic collection of information on one or more species over time, allows us to understand and see changes and measure impact. Underwater monitoring within and outside of a FRZ, allows us to determine which species are present as well as their numbers and size. The monitoring done in landing zones helps us understand the quantity, sizes and gender of the species being fished.
This kind of webinars brings experts and organizations together to share knowledge and results achieved through the monitoring developed. Sharing best practices, what worked and what didn´t, helps strengthen the work done throughout the region.
We must thank you for your support, gathering results and sharing information is some of the things we have been able to do because you trusted in our work.
Thank you for helping us make the MAR region a safe space for species.
The MAR Fund Team.