Mesoamerican Barrier Reef Legal Reports: Summary and Regional Comparison
Author
Greta Swanson and Xiao Recio-Blanco
Date Released
July 2019

This document was prepared by the Environmental Law Institute in partnership with Rare. The legal reports for Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico – the four countries of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef (MAR) – cover aspects of fisheries and marine management laws that set out the framework for protecting the sustainability of small-scale fisheries, marine ecosystems, and the livelihoods of the fisherfolk who depend upon them.

Mesoamerican Barrier Reef Legal Reports: Honduras
Author
Greta Swanson and Xiao Recio-Blanco
Date Released
July 2019

This document was prepared by the Environmental Law Institute in partnership with Rare. The report provides information regarding the structure and function of the Honduras government and the institutional and legal framework for the governance of small-scale fisheries and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Specifically, this report summarizes main actors and the legal framework for artisanal/small-scale fisheries and for management of fish resources in protected areas.

Mesoamerican Barrier Reef Legal Reports: Guatemala
Author
Alejandra Rabasa and Xiao Recio-Blanco
Date Released
July 2019

This document was prepared by the Environmental Law Institute in partnership with Rare. The report provides information regarding the structure and function of the Guatemalan government, and the institutional legal framework of the governance of small-scale fisheries and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Specifically, this report summarizes main actors and the legal framework for artisanal/small-scale fisheries, and for management of fisheries resources and marine protected areas.

Mesoamerican Barrier Reef Legal Reports: Belize
Author
Greta Swanson and Xiao Recio-Blanco
Date Released
July 2019

This document was prepared by the Environmental Law Institute in partnership with Rare. The report describes the legal framework for regulation of small-scale fisheries and Marine Protected Area (MPA) management in and adjacent to the coastal waters of Belize. The report also describes the structure and function of the government of Belize. 

Mesoamerican Barrier Reef Legal Reports: Mexico
Author
Alejandra Rabasa and Xiao Recio-Blanco
Date Released
July 2019

This document was prepared by the Environmental Law Institute in partnership with Rare. The report provides information regarding the structure and function of the Mexican government, as well as the institutional legal framework for the governance of small-scale fisheries and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Specifically, this report summarizes main actors and the legal framework for artisanal/small-scale fisheries, and for management of fish resources in protected areas.

ELI to Draft Model Legal Language in Support of Small-Scale Fisheries
October 2019

(Washington, DC): With half of all fish catches coming from artisanal and household fishing operations, small-scale fisheries (SSFs) are a crucial component of food security and the global economy. The international community has worked to account for these contributions in legal and regulatory frameworks, but most nations’ laws and regulations either fail to promote sustainable fisheries or are overly ambitious and difficult to implement.

Sustainable Fisheries & Coastal Zoning in Curaçao: Legal & Institutional Assessment of Authorities & Approaches
Author
Read D. Porter, Kathryn Mengerink, and Bruce Myers
Date Released
July 2016

In February 2015, the Government of Curaçao and the Waitt Institute signed a memorandum of understanding to launch Blue Halo Curaçao (BHC), a comprehensive ocean and coastal management initiative with a goal of achieving the sustainable management of Curaçao’s ocean and coastal waters. BHC seeks to develop a Curaçao Sustainable Ocean Policy that will ensure long-term health of Curaçao’s waters through ocean zoning, protected areas, and fisheries reforms.

Water Quality Data Management Meeting - Overview

This meeting, supported through a cooperative agreement between the Environmental Law Institute and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), provided an opportunity for state and EPA staff to discuss multiple aspects of ATTAINS, developments in Water Quality Framework-relevant information, how to transfer tools and processes to other jurisdictions, and how to better communicate information to stakeholders and the public. Participants included staff from 11 states, 7 EPA regions, and EPA headquarters.

2018 Training Workshop - Overview

This training workshop, supported through a cooperative agreement between the Environmental Law Institute and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), provided an opportunity for staff from state and territorial Clean Water Act Section 303(d) Listing and TMDL programs and tribal water quality programs to discuss obstacles and learn proven and emerging approaches to achieving their goals for 2022. Participants included staff from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, three territories, five tribes, all ten EPA regions, and EPA headquarters.