With essential support from Oceans 5, FFI and our key partners are working to eliminate destructive fishing practices and protect marine habitat in an 80-km-long marine corridor along the Nicaragua Pacific coast. The work is ultimately designed to reduce the negative impacts of fishing on marine turtles.
Pushing back against blast fishing is crucial—curbing the devastating practice builds the conviction among communities and authorities that destructive fisheries can be ended and responsible fisheries thrive. The project also aims to exclude bottom trawling from the Pacific coast, using a different strategy tailored to the situation of that failing industry; we are working closely with government and stakeholders, including coastal communities and the growing tourism industry, while mounting a major communications campaign.
The project is working to ensure compliance with fisheries regulations throughout the corridor, with particular focus on three priority areas: Chacocente, La Flor and Gigante. In between the protected areas of Chacocente and La Flor – both mass-nesting arribada beaches for olive ridley turtles – FFI’s focus is the community-based conservation area, proposed by the people of Gigante. This locally managed marine area is a completely novel initiative for Nicaragua and, with the help of the project, is gaining social and political support. Successful establishment of their Marine Zone for Life and Development could be a game changer for marine management along the Pacific coast. For enduring impact, we are strengthening the technical capacities of community members in Gigante to ensure their ability to manage the area successfully in the long term.