Dos Mares aim to promote, facilitate, implement, coordinate and supervise projects in Central America through MARINE SCIENCE, MARINE EDUCATION and MARINE CONSERVATION, trying to find opportunities for productive investment in those fields that favor the management, operation and conservation of marine protected areas.
The MARINE SCIENCE PROGRAM includes the following subprograms:
Field laboratories improvement: To build or improve basic field stations facilites in the Pacific and Caribbean coasts.
The Octopus's Brain (Currently underway): The first comprehensive data base about marine science activity in Central America, it includes data about papers publication and authors, science achievements and research's geodata. These data feeds Blue Data and the Marine Educational Program (Science Matter magazine and maps).
Dos Mares App (Currently underway): This mobile application put scientific knowledge of MPAs in the hands of people. Helping scientist, students, conservationists, authorities and tourists to access scientific information of MPAs and their coastal zones. Give scientific information of specific territories and MPAs. Accessing to species description, maps, images and videos. Accessing to scientific papers, books, reports and thesis. Offering marketing services for related activities. Highlighting the scientific and economic value of MPAs. See Dos Mares App Concept video
Drones At Sea: Facilitating the development and use of drones's software for scientific research, surveillance, visitor safety, and videos.
The MARINE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM includes the following subprograms:
Social Networks (Currently underway): Raising the education and public awareness about the ocean, marine science and marine protected areas through social networks since January 2014, with accounts in Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. Opportunities about education, jobs and grants are also published on this Journal. We encourage organizations and individuals to review and use the described communication media of Dos Mares.
Science Matter Bulletin (Currently underway): The Science Matter Bulletin is intended to disseminate the activities and achievements of marine science in Central America primarily on research carried out in marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Region. The first edition published in May 2014, contain relevant information about the Central America's trends regarding marine science activity. A second edition published in August 2015 overview of the marine scientific activity in Central America discussing the vision and mission, progress, challenges and socioeconomic benefits of marine sciences in the Region. A third edition will in a more biological character, focusing the level and kind of knowledge acquired per taxa and species and geographic areas studied. Read more: Science Matters #1 English, Science Matters #1 Spanish, Science Matter #2 English, Science Matter #2 Spanish.
Dos Mares Journal (Currently underway): The Dos Mares Journal is the informative magazine of Dos Mares, disseminating information that may be relevant to Central America on the activities, achievements and values of marine science, marine conservation and marine protected areas from different parts of the world. Also, a wider online media, The Dos Mares Journal is published and distributed monthly since January 2015 through the mentioned social networks and by free subscription. All the articles are linked to the original web site or network source and can be read in other languages utilizing the online translation tools usually offered by the internet browsers.
Live The Sea: Encouraging public visitation to MPAs and increasing the park rangers knowledge in public use activities, as a way to reinforce the MPAs finance, management and sustainability. There are approximately 190 marine protected areas in Central America, but there is not a comprehensive effort to improve public facilities, recreational and educational activities and finances. Improve physical educational & recreational facilities and promote park rangers international educational interchange.
Pairing Students: Pairing students leads to results greater than the sum of the parts. This subprogram increment the educational interaction between marine science's students of United States and Central America, and promote intercultural engagement and social interaction for a more global understanding of the ocean and their conservation through international exchange of knowledge and experiences. Attract scientists and students for research and conservation and promote the use of the local MPAs facilities.
The MARINE CONSERVATION PROGRAM includes the following subprograms:
Marine Spatial Planning: Making informed and coordinated decisions about how to use marine resources, bringing together multiple users of the ocean – including energy, industry, government, conservation and recreation. Capturing the local stakeholders's interest and make a positive impact to the Region in terms of marine resources sustainability.
Global Warming Adaptation: Taking practical actions to manage risks from climate impacts, protect communities and strengthen the resilience of the economy. Capturing the local stakeholders's interest and make a positive impact to the Region in terms of global warming mitigation.
Sustainable Fishing: Promoting fishing activity in ways that consider the long-term vitality of harvested species and the well-being of the oceans, as well as the livelihoods of fisheries-dependent communities. Encouraging the use of good fishing practices. Protecting marine habitats, special places and species of concern.
Fish Traceability: Promoting the record-keeping system designed to track the flow of product through the production process or supply chain in cooperation with FishWise, Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC), and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).