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Transforming Local Fishermen Into Coral Gardeners

by Fundación Grupo Puntacana
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Transforming Local Fishermen Into Coral Gardeners
Transforming Local Fishermen Into Coral Gardeners
Transforming Local Fishermen Into Coral Gardeners
Transforming Local Fishermen Into Coral Gardeners
Transforming Local Fishermen Into Coral Gardeners
Transforming Local Fishermen Into Coral Gardeners
Transforming Local Fishermen Into Coral Gardeners
Transforming Local Fishermen Into Coral Gardeners
Transforming Local Fishermen Into Coral Gardeners
Transforming Local Fishermen Into Coral Gardeners
Transforming Local Fishermen Into Coral Gardeners

Summary

This project trains and certifies local fishermen as coral gardeners, boat captains, scuba divers and artisans.Its continued expansion in the country will provide a positive example for replication in other tourism destinations.Our goal is to reduce over-fishing on the reef while providing stable tourism jobs for local fishermen and their families.Corals are one of the species most affected by climate change.By reducing fishing pressure and increasing coral cover,we help build reef resiliency.

$207,791
total raised
33
donors
0
monthly donors
1
fundraiser
2
years

Challenge

Coral reefs have suffered from degradation and decline worldwide. The Punta Cana region, one of the most important tourism destinations in the Caribbean, has some of the lowest coral cover and fish densities in the Dominican Republic. Overfishing is one of the primary causes of the reef degradation. The Foundation is seeking to integrate a significant number of local fishermen, which have a negative impact on the reef, into conservation and tourism-based activities, such coral as reef gardeners.

Solution

By providing alternative income opportunities for local fishermen, the Foundation will be able to expand our coral reef restoration activities, recover local fish stocks, and provide viable livelihoods for local people. With increased resources, we will be able to expand our restoration efforts in the Punta Cana region and then share our expertise with other tourism destinations and countries, providing training and research opportunities for students.

Long-Term Impact

The Grupo Puntacana Foundation has worked for over a decade in restoration activities in the Dominican Republic. Our goal is to restore endangered coral reef populations on the local reef in Punta Cana until they become stable, healthy and ecologically functional. We are seeking to create a positive example of tourism industry contributing to the health and well-being of the local ecosystem and replicating that example in other destinations.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​puntacana.org/​
Saving Coral Reefs in Punta Cana - CNN
Hope Spot in the Caribbean
Supporting Reef Conservation
Grupo Puntacana's Sustainable efforts

Organization Information

Fundación Grupo Puntacana

Location: Santo Domingo, no applicable - Dominican Republic
Website:
Project Leader:
Jacob Kheel
Vice President
Santo Domingo, no applicable Dominican Republic

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

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