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Toledo Institute for Development and Environment holds Fisher’s Forum

Fishers of Port Honduras and Sapodilla Cays Marine reserves participated in a fisher’s forum held in Punta Gorda.  Correspondent Paul Mahung reports.

Paul Mahung, Love FM

“The coordinator of the event last Thursday was TIDE’s manage access officer Ryan Moore.

Ryan Moore, TIDE

“The Toledo Institute for Development and Environment held a manage access fisherfolk forum in Punta Gorda for zone 4 and 5 fishers. In attendance were fishers from Monkey River, Punta Negra, Punta Gorda, Cattle Landing and Barranco. The fisher forum is a part of the manage access program which gives ownership to customary users by allowing them a means to contribute to the successful management of the fishing industry. The forum provides the opportunity for the voices of fishers to be heard by managers and co-managers of the manage access zones. The session included discussion on money net, a form of gill net used to catching bait, new charges which will be introduced to the manage access zones, how the data submitted by fishers in logbooks are used and a summary of the 2016 data. Additionally, preparations were made to select fishers of zone 5 encompassing the Port Honduras Marine Reserve to attend the National Fisher Forum which will be held in Belize City on December 1st. This event and the National Fisher Forum are a part of the European Union project entitled ‘Restoring Fisheries in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System’.

Paul Mahung, Love FM

“For an appropriate and direct response to some of the fisher’s concerns and suggestions a number of participants commented that it would have been helpful to have the presence of a senior officer of the Fisheries Department.”