Project of Food Safety and Enviroment Protection Basin of Lake Yojoa, Honduras

21 abril de 2015

The watershed of Lake Yojoa is a natural reservoir, the largest freshwater in Honduras, in which are diverse production systems and one of them is fishing and aquaculture production. However in recent years the cultural tradition (fishing) has been affected by the lack of control, especially in illegal way which is invading this activity. Poachers use fishing techniques such as rod and slang known as "vareros" this is causing shortage of fish, as they are chased into deeper areas, where many legal fishermen are complicated to perform their day Fishing, these catches to supply the collection centers. Also deposited in waste water (guts and others) to clean the fish, as the sale of the product is also clandestinely and often without refrigeration.

While it is true that there is a fisheries management in the country, AMUPROLAGO can not be oblivious to promote and strengthen the development of this important production system in the region. In this regard it has promoted an initiative that promotes the capture and responsible consumption of fish with the "Food Safety and Environmental Protection" project with the support of SAG, USDA and IICA. The project consisted basically of generating knowledge through the training of four fishermen associations as a target group, more than 175 fishermen in this first stage.

An important component is the part of construction and improvement of the collection center, preparation and provision of equipment. Besides the installation of two floating houses for the purpose of monitoring and surveillance, as a motorboat for day surveillance patrols in the mirror of water.

The specific issue Surveillance, Mr. Javier Castellanos with a group of fishermen and naval has begun to give effect to that plan where they have seized, fishing gear and product poachers.

The issue of catching and selling fish is changing over time; but on average 40 fishermen stockpile approximately 2,000 pounds (Between 35-40 fishermen) of fish and a fisherman generates an average of Lps. 780.00(US$ 36.00) Lps. 850.00(US$ 37.00) per week.

The importance of the project is basically to be able to protect these families legally fishing activity performed by tradition and history, this was their way of life. In addition, the project will generate confidence in the topic of environmental protection, the fisherman becomes interlocutor and save volunteer resources when there is an environmental crime. Another condition is the use of best practices in the proper use of the storage facility, waste handling fish among others.

One of the testimonies of Mr. Javier Castellanos is; "Although we know there is a crisis in the proper control of fishing, we display a hope with this type of project, no one had trusted us to keep improving our business, until AMUPROLAGO initiative managed funds with SAG and USDA "for which we are grateful.

As AMUPROLAGO know that much to do, yet we are on the road and as stewards of watershed management, are obliged to promote environmental and productive sustainability of this important region of Honduras