Beatrice, friends with Raylyn since they met through the survey trainings, agreed, “Just like Raylyn, there are challenges with fishermen not willing to allow me to collect information from their catch. However, I have included my family members who are very supportive of what I do.”
“As I am cutting fish, community members would ask me to tell them what the story is with fish. There is always a lengthy discussion. Often, I cannot answer all their questions, and I know there is a lot more that I need to learn,” Raylyn added.
“Yes, they ask all kinds of questions! Such as the sex of the fish, the maturity status. I share this information with them for their own understanding and to help with the overall community support towards this survey,” chimed Beatrice. When she is not working as a community facilitator, Beatrice gardens, fishes, and sells produce at the market to support herself and her family.
Thanks to the consistent data collected from the spawning potential surveys, Beatrice’s community was able to set a five-month tambu – a special coastal or marine area agreed to by the local communities, where a part is carved out for fishing, while the other half is protected from all activities for the fisheries and marine life to recover. The effect of the tambu was very positive, with enough resources that Beatrice’s community was able to share the area with other clans.