Fabio is working for mangroves, and towards an MPA: restoring native species, collecting plastic waste and demarcating important coastal areas. All this, in a bid to bring to life a comprehensive strategy to save largetooth sawfish off the coast of Colombia. Fabio will also be training indigenous personnel and publicizing the project at education centres, bringing new attention to the important biodiversity, including sawfish, of the Sierra Nevad de Santa Marta and the coast of the Arahuac indigenous territory, in the Caribbean Sea of Colombia.
I am a marine biologist from Colombia, an early-career conservationist and manager of the Fundesabanas corporation. This organisation is currently working with the coastal communities of Magdalena to promote the creation of marine protected areas in territories historically affected by violence and drug trafficking. We engage mainly with the Arahuac indigenous communities, who live at the base of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. We have drawn up a conservation plan for the largetooth sawfish in national waters, developing a comprehensive strategy based on education, monitoring, conservation, sustainability and communication. We are also looking for...
Creation of a marine safety area for the Largetooth sawfish (pristis pristis), in Colombia, through the completion of the declaration of a protected marine area of 18Km2, free of unsustainable fishing techniques.
This project will be implemented in Colombia, on the shores of the Caribbean Sea, in the Atlantic Ocean; on the shores of the Arahuac indigenous territory, in Tayrona Park. The Arahuac indigenous community is an ally of the project.
The conservation challenge of this project is to change the unsustainable traditional fishing techniques of the coastal communities of the target territory, for sustainable techniques to reduce the main threats to the target species: incidental fishing, use of static nets and concave hooks. Educational awareness strategies will be necessary, accompanied by sanctions, with established deadlines, given the urgency of conservation of our fish, due to the critical level of threat it has.
This project is based on three scientific components:
To guarantee the sustainability of our proposal, we will create an indigenous environmental corporation, whose corporate purpose is the conservation of the sawfish, led by the 10 most outstanding young people from the training sessions. Financing of this corporation will be achieved through:
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