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Community Activists Meet to Discuss Management of Port Honduras Marine Reserve Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 April 2012 00:00

Managed Access refers to a license system that grants access to fishing in the general use zones of marine reserves.  The Managed access license system was implemented last year as part of a two-year transition period for fishermen and managers to adjust to the system.  At the implementation of this program, the Port Honduras Marine Reserve Community Managed Access Committee was formed to evaluate applications for managed access licenses for fishers of PHMR and make recommendations to the Fisheries Department.  The Committee members consist of representatives from Monkey River, Punta Negra, and Punta Gorda communities, the Fisheries Department, Rio Grande Fishermen Cooperative and the Toledo Tour Guide Association. 

TIDE  informs fishers of PHMR that a Community Managed Access Committee meeting was held on March 3, 2012 at TIDE’s Conference Room.  Highlights of that meeting included the introduction of Denise Garcia, the newly hired Community Managed Access Coordinator, who will be responsible for all activities leading to PHMR Community Managed Access Committee meetings and overall activities related to managed access in PHMR.  In addition, an extension of the deadline for traditional fishers of PHMR to apply for their Managed Access License was suggested based on the committee’s concern of fishermen not applying for their license.  Other fishermen concerns about Managed Access were discussed by the committee and include the issue of license renewal, documenting catches in a  data log book; and an opportunity for newly identified traditional fishermen to apply for a Managed Access License.  In addition, the renovation of the Punta Gorda Fish Market, upcoming fisherman exchanges and forums were discussed.  The next PHMR Community Managed Access Committee meeting is scheduled for May 31st, 2012.

TIDE encourages all PHMR managed access fishers to keep submitting their catch log books and contact the Community Managed Access Coordinator with questions or concerns and to be cognizant of the conditions and privileges of Managed Access. ---