Monkey River

Monkey River is a fishing village located on the coast of Port Honduras Marine Reserve (PHMR) and bordered by Payne’s Creek National Park (PCNP). The village has a tight-knit community of around 150 inhabitants and is well known for its river tours and fishing tours due to its position on the mouth of the Monkey River.

large_beach_0.JPG

Monkey River village is situated next to two TIDE reserves, so it is an area of high importance. TIDE recently visited the village for an informal discussion with local fishers about our current and past research activities and findings.  Science Director, James Foley, led the discussion which focused on the relationship between science and the socio-economic realities of the community.   Local fishers were particularly interested in research concerning water quality and lobster populations in PHMR and contributed with their knowledge and experience of the area, which was both interesting and insightful. TIDE hopes to share information with, and learn from local communities by discussing important research findings with local fishermen in Monkey River.

In support of our goliath grouper project funded by the Fish and Wildlife Service, we also trained community researcher, Jean Castellanos to remove otoliths, which are the inner ear bones of a fish, used to age individuals.  This can help us gain more information about the goliath grouper population around Monkey River.

large_142.jpg

The community also has a lively atmosphere that is evident when Monkey River participates annually in TIDE Summer Camp. Children and the volunteer teachers, Natasha Cuevas, Evan Cuevas and Marlena Muschamp,  come together to learn more about Belize’s culture and environment, the theme in 2014 was “Nature, Culture, Life”. The children of Monkey River are seasoned campers and benefit by making new friends, interacting with neighbors and camp facilitators. Campers look forward participating in educational field trips each year to TIDE and Ya’axché conservation sites, where they are able to validate what they learnt during the camp lessons. At the end of camp, the students gain valuable information about the environment and excel in their school science work.

large_IMG_4081.jpg

Monkey River is a beautiful place and TIDE looks forward to hosting our Summer Camp in Monkey River again in 2015. We also encourage more fishermen to attend our next science discussion where we hope to continue sharing information. We are always keen to hear suggestions about how TIDE can improve in the future.

Local fishers were particularly interested in research concerning water quality and lobster populations in PHMR

 

medium_IMG_6044.jpg

Children and the volunteer teachers, Natasha Cuevas, Evan Cuevas and Marlena Muschamp,  come together to learn more about Belize’s culture

medium_IMG_6016.jpg

 

 

Date: July 30, 2014 Author: clarebaranowski
glqxz9283 sfy39587stf02 mnesdcuix8
sfy39587stf03
sfy39587stp15