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Ocean Practices

Ocean Practices

The highly productive seas off the Guianas have muddy nutrient rich waters fed by the Amazon and the North flowing rivers of the region. The resulting fisheries represent a substantial and very valuable source of food, employment, income, recreation and foreign exchange for our countries. There is also a wealth of other marine life including significant estuarine dolphin populations, manta rays, whales, whale sharks, and four species of marine turtles. Green and leatherback turtles nest in very large stable numbers on Guianas beaches, making the Guianas a critically important marine turtle nesting area for these species. Olive ridleys have greatly declined since the sixties but are making a comeback in French Guiana.

To ensure fish recuperation zones, WWF promotes participatory marine and coastal spatial planning with fishing communities, building support for sustainable management and preservation of key nurseries, mangroves and spawning aggregation sites. Anticipated outcomes from the multi-stakeholder engagements include:
  • Support for sustainable fisheries management plans in Guyana and Suriname;
  • Protect marine turtles, dolphins, sharks and rays by reducing bycatch, encouraging wildlife tourism, and ensuring turtle nesting beach protection – see box below.
  • Expand Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certification
  • Reduce illegal, unregulated and undocumented (IUU) fishing via a vessel monitoring system and enhance enforcement capacity for government agencies in French Guiana;
  • Build a permanent financing mechanism for enhanced management of new MPAs
 
	© Roger Leguen / WWF
Roger Leguen / WWF
© Roger Leguen / WWF