Fishermen designing management strategies
After a two-phase project of participatory design of fish refuges and fisheries co-management areas in the Río Sarstún Multiple Use Area in Guatemala, the fishermen have achieved very important results such as:
- A research protocol was designed to establish the baseline for commercial fish species
- Five monitoring exercises developed inside and outside the proposed refuges
- Two workshops organized for the fishing communities of San Juan, Cocolí and Barra Sarstún to determine:
- Three conservation targets for the two fish refuges: mangroves, sea grass beds and commercial fish species
- Most relevant threats for these targets: climate change, pollution by agrochemicals, habitat loss and overfishing
- Strategies for conservation and good management of the fish refuges design:
* Environmental education
* Constant biological monitoring
* Strengthening control and surveillance within the fish refuges through community participation
* Identification of alternative income
- Co-management agreement draft for the fish refuges in Barra Sarstún / Laguna Grande and Cocolí were completed and sent to hte National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP)
- A training plan on the AGRRA methodology was designed for the monitoring of corals and different species of fish to further capacity building of the fishers trained in scuba in 2013
- Materials were purchased for the San Juan collection center, including two stainless steel tables and two sets of professional knives.
We are very confident that these fishing communities will continue to grow their capacities and will have very productive fish refuges.
We will let you know about their progress!
Equippment purchased for the collection center