Lead by Example: One fishery replenishment zone’s management sets the standard

The guardhouse that oversees the fishery replenishment zone in Bindoy serves as a hub for both enforcement and tourism.

To rally community support for sustainable fishing in Bindoy, Rare Fellow Richard Balauro is running a marketing campaign, in partnership with Rare. The slogan of his campaign is, “Our treasure, lets care for it.” Continue reading

Fish Forever: Belize (photo essay)

Yonardo Cus handlines from his small panga off the coast of Pinta Gorda, Belize. A full cooler of small snapper might be worth $100 for his day of work. photo: Jason Houston

In November 2013, photojournalist Jason Houston visited Belize to document the daily life of the fishers and the Fish Forever partnership’s work to expand managed access to all of Belize’s marine protected areas. Continue reading

Rare receives Orvis’s 2014 Customer Matching Grant to protect nature

Fisher in Belize. ​photo: Jason Houston

Orvis included Rare, and three others, in its 2014 Customer Matching Grant program. Throughout the year, Orvis will feature Rare in its catalogs, website and retail stores. Continue reading

The Washington Post covers launch of Fish Forever: Rare and partners launch Fish Forever to empower local fishers and restore global fisheries

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Global initiative is first comprehensive, locally-led effort empowering local communities to restore their fisheries to feed more people, improve livelihoods and protect coastal habitat. Continue reading

Funds for Fisheries and Fishers: Financial cooperatives improve livelihoods and protect resources

A local woman dries fish in the nearshore community of Gili Matra, Indonesia.

Across Indonesia and Malaysia, Rare has local partners in 12 communities to promote sustainable fishing. In two of those communities, Komodo and Gili Matra, the fishers have supported and adopted the creation of financial cooperatives to reduce reliance on middlemen when selling their catch. Continue reading

Write it Down: Monitoring a fishery involves more than counting fish

Pablo “Jong” Rojas (far left) trains local monitoring teams how to collect biological data underwater.

Rojas explained that people — as fishers, fathers, sons, humans — constantly observe and analyze situations, but reliable documentation is necessary for issues to be heard. And that is a skill. Continue reading

Q&A with Susan Cataylo: Community support for marine protection strengthens after typhoon

Rare Fellow Susan Cataylo poses with her mascot named Hawie.

Rare recently spoke to Rare Fellow Susan Cataylo about her marketing campaign to inspire conservation of marine resources, her community of Pilar and the recovery from Typhoon Haiyan. Continue reading

Fish Forever’s First Funders: The Waitt and MacArthur foundations cast a line for coastal recovery


“Fish Forever addresses one of the most serious issues of our time: the decline of global fisheries,” says Waitt. “This program is big and audacious — just the kind of thing we need in ocean conservation. Continue reading

Rare Trustee Steve Gaines Named for a 2014 Peter Benchley Ocean Award

Dr. Steve Gaines

Dr. Steve Gaines, Rare trustee and dean of the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara wins the world’s preeminent ocean award. Continue reading