CEDO launches comprehensive coastal fishing program

CEDO presents comprehensive management project of coastal fishing within Biological and Fishing Corridor from Puerto Peñasco to Puerto Lobos

Last week, the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO) formally presented their project entitled “Management and Temporary Spatial Regulation for Coastal Fishing in the Biological and Fishing Corridor Puerto Peñasco – Puerto Lobos” to coastal fishermen from the communities of Puerto Peñasco, Bahía San Jorge, Punta Jagüey, Santo Tomás, Desemboque de Caborca and Puerto Lobos. The project’s goal is to provide a 10-year plan for the region’s marine-coastal zone, which will be developed through participatory procedures as well as scientific and legal tools.

The region stretching from Puerto Peñasco to Puerto Lobos has been designated a “Biological and Fishing Corridor” given scientific evidence showing the multiple ecosystems within the area are linked to each other given marine currents, along with interactions of species residing there. For example, larvae from some of the bivalve mollusks fished in Puerto Peñasco originate in the rocky reefs of Puerto Lobos. Currents disperse these to their final resting place, where they mature and are then retrieved.

Through recognition of this corridor as a special area that makes up a biological and socio-economic system supporting subsistence for the majority of coastal residents in the region, it is necessary to implement tools that ensure appropriate regulation and management while taking into account all involved. Given these reasons, during this first phase CEDO’s project will focus on the comprehensive management of coastal fishing as this represents the main form of sustenance for families in the region, and fishermen are the key players within this area.

Some of the additional goals of the project are:

1) Promotion of orderly and sustainable fishing;

2) Ensuring the existence of healthy ecosystems;

3) Reducing conflict among the different parties involved;

4) Providing union and benefits to communities in the region; and most importantly

5) Carrying out a process from the ground up, or rather ensuring proposals for regulations and management arise from the communities themselves through participatory procedures, which will then finally be presented to authorities.

CEDO invites all fishermen from across the region to become part and participate in this project, as it is essential to incorporate all opinions and suggestions in order to enrich and legitimize the process of seeking satisfactory results during this first phase.

For more information, please contact CEDO:

Tel (Mexico): 638 382 0113 / 638 382 0115

Email: paloma@cedointercultural.org



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