[Coral-List] Mexican Caribbean Fish Spawning Aggregation Project Request

Sarah Frias-Torres sfrias_torres at hotmail.com
Fri Aug 29 11:58:54 EDT 2014

Stuart,the fishermen already know where the spawning aggregations are. They know where are the ones they fished out to extinction, and the ones they are still fishing from, until eventually they too will become extinct.Whether they want to tell you or not is another story.
Once they eventually share their knowledge with you (and you have to find a way to build common trust) then having the 3D bathymetric surveys will add interesting knowledge.
Good luck with the mini-ROV

Sarah Frias-Torres, Ph.D. Coordinator Reef Rescuers ProgramIsland Conservation Centre Nature Seychelles,Amitie, Praslin, Seychelleshttp://www.natureseychelles.org/what-we-do/coral-reef-restoration-and-Research CollaboratorSmithsonian-National Museum of Natural Historyat Smithsonian Marine Station, Fort Pierce, FL, USATwitter: @GrouperDocBlog: http://grouperluna.wordpress.comhttp://independent.academia.edu/SarahFriasTorres

> Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:40:47 -0500
> From: stufulton at ntlworld.com
> To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
> Subject: [Coral-List] Mexican Caribbean Fish Spawning Aggregation Project	Request
> Dear Coral-listers,
> I´m writing from Comunidad y Biodiversidad A.C  (COBI www.cobi.org.mx) a
> Mexican marine conservation NGO, with a request:
> We are currently running a fish spawning aggregation site project in
> Quintana Roo, Mexico where we train local fishers to collect bathymetric
> data, use this to make 3D bathymetric maps of the area and then predict
> where we will find spawning sites for key species like Nassau Grouper and
> Dog Snapper – check out the videos to see what we´ve been up to so far
> https://openexplorer.com/expedition/fishspawningaggregationsmexico
> An opportunity has come up to win a mini-ROV for underwater exploration.
> The mini–submarine, developed by open source software designers (
> http://openrov.com/) can be used to explore areas up to 100 m deep,
> normally out of our reach. The 5 projects with the most followers on the
> openexplorer.com website by the 19th of September will win a mini-ROV. This
> would be great for COBI to help monitor deep waters inside protected areas
> (or potential ones), look for fish spawning aggregations and generally
> promote the conservation of the keys sites with tools like marine reserves
> and no take zones.
> If you want to help us protect these iconic species (in some newly
> discovered aggregation sites) help us, it will only take 2 mins of your
> time and we will keep you up to date on the project via the link.
> Help by following the 4 simple steps below:
> 1.     Visit
> https://openexplorer.com/expedition/fishspawningaggregationsmexico
> 2.     Click “Follow”
> 3.     Click “Sign up”
> 4.     Enter a username and email
> 5.     Go to your email and click the link
> 6.     Click “Follow” on the project again!
> Thanks in advance!
> Stuart Fulton
> Field Coordinator, Comunidad y Biodiversidad AC
> ps. I don´t think I´m breaking the list rules, I gave them a quick check,
> but if I am, apologies...;-)
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