Let’s make the ocean a home.

Developing collaborative solutions to minimize sea turtle bycatch in artisanal fisheries.

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About
the project.

MarEs Comunidad is a U.S.-Mexico collaborative conservation effort to ensure healthy populations of North Pacific loggerhead and East Pacific leatherback sea turtles.
This project aims to decrease unsustainable fishing pressure and foster the adoption of innovative bycatch mitigation technologies and turtle-friendly fishing practices in Pacific Mexico.

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our approach

Understand the location and causes of sea turtle bycatch via surveying fishers' experiences in coastal communities.
Engage with coastal communities and artisanal fishers in places where bycatch occurs to identify feasible approaches to reduce bycatch and enhance the sustainability of fisheries.
Develop, test, and implement bycatch reduction approaches identified during community and fisher engagement.
Work with these communities to foster sustainable fishing practices and alternative livelihoods that reduce unsustainable fishing pressure.

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meet the turtles

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) turtles are two of the five sea turtle species present in the Eastern Pacific. Both species are endangered for several reasons, with bycatch in artisanal fisheries as a primary threat.

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WHAT IS BYCATCH? WHY DOES IT MATTER?

Bycatch refers to the incidental hooking or entanglement of non-target species such as sea turtles, marine mammals, and seabirds in commercial and artisanal fishing gear. These animals are often discarded because they are legally protected and thus cannot be used for food or commercial purposes.

Bycatch is one of the most severe threats to sea turtle populations.

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WHAT ARE ARTISANAL FISHERIES? WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT?

Artisanal or small-scale fishers and fisheries use smaller open-skiff boats and primarily operate within a day's boat drive from the coast. These fisheries employ different gear types that target species consumed locally and mainly distributed to domestic markets.

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Approaches to Reduce Bycatch

Explore the different approaches we are co-creating and implementing with fishing communities to reduce bycatch, promote healthy sea turtle populations, and foster long-lasting, sustainable fishing practices.

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