Experience since winning the GMA?
For her unwavering commitment and continuous collaboration Angélica was awarded the GMA in 2010. This recognition has allowed her to have even more dedication to search for the long-term sustainability of the fishery. Her achievements and the support of the GMA have led to a greater commitment with the cause, as it is revealed that around the world there are others dedicated to seek the protection of the fisheries resources, learning better fishing practices, promoting an opportunity for future generations to enjoy what the sea has to offer. This is why Angélica considers that we must continue working, since there will always be challenges (local, regional and global) that generate a greater pressure on the small-scale fisheries.
Outlook for the future of fisheries?
In Angélicas words, the future of our fisheries is threatened by multiple factors that are ongoing at climate, economic and social levels. Within the environmental theme, we have observed changes in the marine currents that sometimes take or bring species. At the economic level the high unemployment rates and lack of alternate livelihoods generate greater pressure on the fisheries resources. Socially the overpopulation also leads to overfishing. In face of this daunting scenario it is extremely important that the authorities enact their responsibility and effectively apply the current rules and regulations, since so many persons depend exclusively of the fisheries resources. Coastal communities depend totally upon the sea and have no other options. During 2020 the pandemic has continued to cause disruption in the Guatemalan fisher’s economy. Most of the fishing activity has come to a complete stop and there is no market for fisheries products, which has led to a subsistence only fishing activity. As the fishers strive to survive the pandemic, Angélica continues with her work, seeking opportunities to improve the living conditions of the fishers that make up the ‘Red’s membership