The Right Lure


[Music] Promoting Job Growth. Managing Natural Resources. USAID and the Dominican Republic Show How
It’s Done. [Music] My partner, José Alberto, told me that when
he was younger there was a lot of shrimp, fish, everything in Sánchez bay. But you don’t see that anymore with all
the damages the bay has suffered with the harmful nets in the bay. Sánchez Dominican Republic My name is Juan Calcaño. I live in Sánchez, and I’m a fisherman. There’s a problem here at the bay with the
nets that cause damages – the ones they call “the blender” – because they drag the bottom, so it kills everything it goes over. Big, small, it kills everything. The coral, it kills the coral too. It’s harmful fishing. We (instead) fish with the “suripera”
because it’s a net that doesn’t cause damages. Everything the “suripera” picks up is
alive, and if it’s too small you can let it go. If I use any other nets that are harmful I’m
hurting myself. Because I won’t be able to survive, my kids
won’t be able to survive. If I don’t think about them then I’d be
like the others, without caring (about) the harm I’m causing. But I do care. [Music] We got together to try to protect the bay. We couldn’t take the damage (that) we saw
going on. After USAID’s intervention, 50 fishers created
a cooperative to help the bay thrive again. Besides that, the cooperative San Lorenzo
is already working with tourism. We have kayaks, that’s a service we offer
tourists. When we’re inside the mangroves, we explain
about the trees, what the mangroves are for, the nests we see in them, the different types
of birds. Aside from the kayaks, they’re training
me to know the birds, so I’ll get another income. I hope the “suripera” fishing works out,
so other fishermen can also use it and get benefits out of this new way of fishing. I hope that it goes back to being what it
used to be, that you could catch shrimp from the shore. I hope things will change, so the fishermen
can do well, not just me, all the fishers. Dominican fishers are building a healthier
bay and a more resilient community.

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