TIDE’s marine ranger station is situated on Abalone Caye in the Port Honduras Marine Reserve (PHMR). This caye is significant as it is the base for TIDE’s Marine Ranger patrols. Here are 6 things you must know about our Marine Rangers...
No matter what they are doing they never ‘switch off’.If they are on the jetty at Abalone, eating dinner, assisting divers, they are always watching the oceans and pin pointing unfamiliar boats. They know all of the local fishermen and if they spot an unknown visitor a mile away they track their movements, noting their directions, even if they’re on their lunch break.
The rangers conduct two patrols a day, one in daylight and another at night. When the weather gets bad, most people are tucking themselves into bed when the wind is howling outside, the rangers are patrolling amongst huge waves in torrential rain in the pitch black.
The rangers work as a tight knit unit under the instruction of TIDE’s Marine Manager. They spend two weeks on shift and one week off. There are 3-4 rangers on the caye at all times and they live together and eat three meals a day together; but they are away from their loved ones and as a result they watch out for each other.
There was an overwhelming sense of commitment at the station. The rangers carry out the continuous work to ensure the Fisheries Department and MPA regulations are adhered to. They are the guardians of PHMR and the first port of call for any illegal activity occurring in the reserve.
They can tell you the weather 10 miles away from the wind and waves. It is due to this love and understanding of the natural world that they are so commitment to safeguarding PHMR.
They are so generous and encourage every visitor to feel welcome. They are a great bunch of guys who are able to have a laugh whilst still getting down to hard work.