Our SMART Journey

TIDE is working on the front line of conservation by using the new intelligence-based Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool or 'SMART'.  The spatial monitoring tool is being trialed in Port Honduras Marine Reserve (PHMR) to increase the efficiency of enforcement in the reserve and decrease illegal fishing.

6 things you need to know about TIDE Marine Rangers

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...

  1. The rangers never sleep.

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.

  1. They go out WHATEVER the weather. 

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.


  1. The rangers are a team.

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.

  1. They are our men on the ground.

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.

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  1. Rangers speak ocean.

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.

  1. They make Abalone a home.

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.



They are the guardians of PHMR and the first port of call for any illegal activity occurring in the reserve.


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Aaron Garbutt

Aaron Garbutt
PHMR Ranger

Aaron Garbutt is from Monkey River village and has been on staff 2.5 years. He started at TIDE right after high school and loves the opportunity to meet new people and ensure that fisheries and habitat are protected into the future. 

Edwin Cabrera

Edwin Cabrera
PHMR Ranger

Edwin Cabrera has been a TIDE ranger for 6 years. He joined TIDE directly after high school where he studied architecture. Edwin is fluent in Spanish and has a passion for working closely with fishermen to convey regulations. He’s happy to see how attitudes have gradually shifted toward sustainable use.

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