Mr. René Laffite, Chairman of FUCSA, signing.
On August 12, 2010, at 10:30 am, at the Forestry Conservation Institute (ICF) facilities in La Ceiba City, Honduras, the agreement between the Asociación de Pescadores La Rosita, Cuero y Salado (APROCUS) and the Cuero y Salado Foundation (FUCSA), the foundation that administrates the Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge, was signed for the co-management of a fishing territory, which includes four no-take zones (marine reserves) with a diameter of one kilometer each.
The co-management agreement will also be signed by the Forestry Conservation Institute (ICF) and the Food and Agriculture Secretary (SAG). The involvement of these two institutions is because the ICF is the protected area management authority, and the SAG is the authority, through the Dirección General de Pesca (DIGEPESCA), in fisheries.
We are very excited about this giant step the project just gave. This will guarantee APROCUS’s involvement in the designing and developing of the management plan for the fishing territory and the monitoring of the no-take zones jointly with FUCSA.
Thanks to all the people that have supported our project, we are moving ahead on the right track for conservation and sustainable use of natural resources of the MAR reef. But we still have a long way to go!
Mr. Olvin Cayetano, President of APROCUS, signing.