Contributing to conservation:
Ruben also remains committed to conservation, and he has continued to lead efforts in beach cleanups, annual reforestation (to help stabilize soil that would otherwise erode and wash into the nearshore waters), and gardening to help maintain a clean and productive coast for his and future generations. He also continues to culture seahorses, a portion of which he sells to the ornamental (national) market and part of which he releases (with children) in nearshore areas; He used to grow spadefish, which are consumed locally, but he is no longer involved with the species. His conservation ethic extends to his collaboration with the National Guard (Guardia Nacional) and the Mochima National Park National Park Institute (INPARQUES), and he works with both agencies to identify poachers and fishers catching undersized fish (“the future of the fishery”, as he identifies the sublegal fish).
Outlook for the future?
Mr. Penot’s message to his fellow GMA winners and the conference is that we must remain positive, and that as fishers, we need to continue fishing and use our craft as a means by which to move our communities forward.