Patrolling Marine Protected Areas

Patrolling Marine Protected Areas

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The Problem

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are areas of ocean designated with certain rules about their use. Like wildlife areas on land, these areas ensure that sensitive species have refuge to live, grow, and reproduce. But they require people on the ground to enforce rules or else resource degradation will continue.

The Gift

This gift covers one day of fuel for a patrol boat for Roatan Marine Park in Honduras. Patrol boats are operated in partnership with the Honduran Navy and used to monitor protected areas. They confiscate illegal gear such as nets or spears used to catch turtles and arrest people who are involved with illegal development like mangrove cutting.