Our approach to reducing bycatch in small-scale fisheries in Mexico is based on the premise that solutions must be developed in collaboration with fishers and their communities.
It is also vital to count on the support and partnership of all the relevant government agencies, academic institutions, and N.G.O.s in the U.S. and Mexico directly interacting with sea turtles.
MarEs Comunidad is an inclusive, collaborative effort to ensure that solutions can be implemented successfully and over the long term.
The most significant challenge is to reduce bycatch while supporting sustainable livelihoods for small-scale fishermen and their communities.
APPROACHES AND GOALS
- Collect information through rapid bycatch assessments.
- Provide a platform for peer-to-peer experience exchange opportunities through fishery learning exchanges (FLEs).
- Test bycatch mitigation technologies on fishing gear at small-scale fisheries.
- Explore and develop alternative income sources to reduce fishing pressure.
- Assess what strategies work best at a regional level to reduce bycatch.