Hol Chan Marine Reserve

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Describe how the nominated site involves stakeholders and local communities in designation and management, and specify specific coordination measures or mechanisms currently in place

Stakeholders involvement Involvement Description of involvement Specific coordination measures Comments (if any)
Institutions yes Institutions that share the responsibility for protection and surveillance include the Police Department, The National Coast Guard, the Fisheries Department, the Department of the Environment and the Forest Department. Currently, the HCMR has a staff of six Park Rangers who are responsible for surveillance and enforcement of the Reserve regulations. These Rangers work on a shift basis and patrol the protected area daily form six in the morning to eight at night. Random patrols are also conducted outside of the normal shifts assigned . Zones are clearly demarcated with marker buoys. Generally, users of the Reserve abide by the rules and regulations and Rangers just ensure that they are followed. Park Rangers are fisheries Officer and can enforce the regulations. Offenders are dealt with through the court system. The Fisheries Department has a prosecution unit that deals with all court cases .
Public yes Environmental Club. Volunteer program. This is a hands on learning activities for volunteers.
Decision-makers no
Economic-sectors yes Responsible Tour Guiding Seminars. Visitor's Center. Responsible Tour Guiding Seminars: Every years we visit dive shops of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker to give them refresher courses on the regulations of the marine reserve and do's and don'ts when snorkeling and diving. Visitor's Center: The HCMR has a visitor's center in San Pedro Town and Caye Caulker Village.
Local communities yes Mooring buoy program. Mooring buoy program with the local tour guide association.
Others no