Last month our country director participated in a meeting with a new alliance that has been formed in Quintana Roo. Alianza Kanan Kay is an initiative that has as an objective to join forces between the main organisations working with the fisheries around Quintana Roo to establish an efective network of no take zones and to try to bring back the old fishing arts. The name Kanan Kay comes from the Mayan “look after the fish”. The Alliance is formed by 33 diferent organisations (government, fishing cooperatives, NGOs, national and international) and GVI is part of them.
The no take zones are dedicated to the natural reproduction of the marine species with the goal of recovering the fisheries and the marine ecosystems. They must protect critic habitats, specially the reproduction and recruitment zones. Recent studies show that when there is a lack of fishing activities on these areas, the marine life can restore and eventually this zones will be the source of fish for the non protected areas. The goal is to protect 20% of the coast of Quintana Roo for 2015, with this, the Network of not take zones will be an example worlwide of marine resources management. The workshop was done to create a map of all the needs and capacities amongst the members of the Alliance, to start organizing and implementing action points.
We will keep posting news of the work that the Alianza is doing. At the moment they have achieved a lot by working with the main fishing cooperatives in the state to establish some of the no take zones, it is just starting in some places and it has been successful in some other like Puerto Morelos where the fishermen are already trained to monitor those no take zones to assess the health of the reef. This is something that will be happening in the rest of the no take zones.