Community Researchers Graduate!

Each year, for the past three years, TIDE has selected five young people from communities adjacent to the Port Honduras Marine Reserve (PHMR) to participate in its Community Researcher training program. As explained by TIDE’s Science Director, James Foley, “TIDE’s Community Researcher training program was born out of a need to have continuity with research and methods, and fulfill TIDE’s commitment as a community based conservation organization to involve young local people in conservation and allow them to get a foot in the door into environmental careers.”

 

Participants receive comprehensive training, including SCUBA certification and instruction in various environmental monitoring techniques. Once they have done the dive training and methods training, they are certified to be able to do monitoring of seagrass, coral reefs, mangroves, turtle nest, lionfish, conch, lobster and sea cucumber; nutrient, water quality and sediment analysis; assist with fish stock assessments, and GIS analysis, conduct emergency first response, among many other things.

 

The new cohort of five young Toledo inhabitants that successfully completed Level 1 of the training program were Anna Ramirez, Shanel Archer, Rasheed Arzu, Melvin Choc, Bevinton Cal, Curtis Hines and TIDE’s new research assistant Marty Alvarez. The four seasoned community researchers who completed Level 2 of the training program (which included advanced SCUBA and emergency first response training) were Allana Barrillas, Arielle Coleman, Fernando Rabateau and Willie Caal.

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This year’s Community Researcher training program was successful thanks to the contributions of Tanya Barona who was instrumental in organizing the logistics of this year’s training program and the OAK Foundation, MarFund, KFW, PACT and Belcampo for donating the necessary funds.

We wish to extend congratulations to all the participants who completed the 2014 training program!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘I come from a fishing family,’ says Willie Caal. ‘My family loves to see me working in this kind of field. They ask me about the abundance of conch and lobster in the sea. I tell them... they are more abundant in the conservation zones and they are reproducing there.’                        

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Date: June 4, 2014 Author: kmahung
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