Sawfishes are large rays historically found in over 70 tropical and sub-tropical countries. Due to incidental and directed capture in fisheries and loss of critical habitats, sawfish populations have declined dramatically in the last 2-3 decades. Both species encountered in Panama are now Critically Endangered to extinction. Since 2016 MarAlliance has been carrying out a […]
Since 2017 MarAlliance has been conducting education and outreach activities in Panama, including classroom visits, interactive activities, community presentations, and participatory training workshops. Niños del Mar (‘Kids of the Sea’) is MarAlliance’s marine education program focused on primary school students.
MarAlliance has been working with communities in the Guna Yala Comarca to control invasive lionfish populations and assess the status of marine megafauna around the archipelago. Using Baited Remote Underwater Videos and underwater visual census our team of Guna fishers, captains, students, and biologists lead by MarAlliance staff have collected the first data on the […]
The Guna Yala region is an indigenous and autonomous province in Panama, inhabited and governed by the Guna people. The region is located on the Caribbean coast in the northeast of Panama and has 365 coral islands, of which 65 are inhabited. Artisanal fishing is of utmost importance as it provides one of the main […]
Panama is bounded by the Caribbean and the Pacific yet scarce information exists on the status of its sharks and rays. Panama is also host to one of the remnant populations of critically endangered largetooth sawfish. MarAlliance is conducting fisheries-dependent and independent monitoring of fish and working to protect sawfish throughout the country. We conduct […]