As part of our participation and alliance with Peru Mahi Alliance, the first edition of the training “Good practices for sea turtle handling and release on spinner boats and collection of Mahi-Mahi biological samples” was held. These workshops aim to train the fishermen and boat owners of Paita (Piura, Peru), who provide their services to Coinrefri SRL and our team members.
The training aims to disseminate knowledge about the bycatch of marine mammals, especially turtles, and how this situation can significantly damage marine ecosystems. Led by a specialist group of PMA consultants, the workshop will enable fishers to practice new methods of handling and releasing these endangered species and optimize their fishing skills.
The workshop was led by Peru Mahi Alliance consultants Rosa Vinatea - Fishing Engineer, who was in charge of the opening presentation and highlighted the efforts of the fishing sector to achieve MSC certification regarding the parakeet resource. Andrea Pásara, Marine Biologist, explained the best practices for handling sea turtles.
During the one-and-a-half-hour workshop, in addition to the main presentations, activities were carried out to collect information: a round of Q&A and surveys that will allow PMA to keep a formal record. This time 21 fishermen were trained, including crew members, skippers, and owners. A total of 13 vessels and partners of our company were approved, and one of the most important milestones of Peru Mahi Alliance so far this year was achieved.
At the end of the training, the participants expressed their satisfaction with the training received. Everyone received a certificate of attendance, and Coinrefri SRL provided turtle release kits to the boat owners. Mr. Martín Chumo expressed his gratitude to Coinrefri and PMA and the importance of giving turtles a better chance of survival during fishing.
As part of our actions for sustainability, in Coinrefri SRL, we continue supporting and being part of new workshops promoted by Peru Mahi Alliance. We want all boats staff and fishers to participate in formalizing and strengthening their capacities, obtaining great benefits for this vital activity in the area.