Marine Conservation in Panama

At Panama Nautical Club, we exist in balance with the sea. Because of this knowledge, we are committed to conserving and restoring the ocean—we believe marine conservation efforts should be everyone’s responsibility.

World Marine Heritage Site

We are involved with the World Marine Heritage Site of the East Pacific in its efforts to create and enforce new standards of how the fishing clubs of the Americas care for our most vital resource—marine life. 

The group includes representatives from Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Ecuador. In Panama, while there are laws for ocean conservation, they lack the necessary enforcement to make them effective. In Panama, there are no license requirements, no size or daily catch regulations, no fishing seasons, and no legally protected species. That is why the World Marine Heritage Site has created and enforced regulations for itself in order to preserve this most vital resource. 

The WMHS prioritizes the protection of endangered species, as these countries are the last home to many. They’re specifically attempting to protect sharks, whales, and turtles. There are also efforts to limit and control invasive species brought to the region by travelers and the aquaculture business. The group, founded in 2017, has already made a difference in the region by clearing the seas of debris, such as old fishing lines that had long been unnecessarily trapping and killing members of the ecosystem. 

The WMHS is also working to develop sustainable plans for operating within the ecosystem, including strategies to promote biodiversity while still supporting the increase in commercial fishing for communities that are dependent upon it. 

Aura Corcio, the manager of Clube Náutico de Panamá, has been involved in the World Marine Heritage Organization, working to ensure that the Island Resorts standards are equal to the task of ocean conservation. Aura believes “The sea is our connection with Mother Nature, and she has given us all we needed for so long, but now it is our turn to take care of her.” 

The Island Resort owner, David, echoed the sentiment saying, “Protecting the ocean is the best thing that we can do to protect ourselves. If we don’t care for it now, then we will lose this resource for all the generations to come.” 

Enquanto muitos destes problemas têm soluções complexas, para ajudar na conservação do oceano, lembre-se:

  • Ao escolher seu protetor solar, seja cuidadoso dos ingredientes que você põr sobre seu corpo, porque serão lavados para fora ao mar. Escolha um protetor solar que esteja livre de oxybenzone e de octinoxate (sabido geralmente como assassinos do Recife), zinco, PABA, ou parabenos.
  • Pay attention to where your fish is sourced. When at the Resort, you can be sure that the fish offered has been sustainably caught; however, once you leave, be sure to continue verifying that your fish is sustainably sourced. 
  • Ao utilizar equipamento snorkeling tenha cuidado para não tocar em recifes, pois isso pode causar danos. Além disso, lembre-se de abster-se de fazer nuvens de areia, pois isso poderia perturbar e danificar o ecossistema ao seu redor.
  • Siga as Facebook group of the World Marine Heritage estar mais envolvido.