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Abuloneros y Langosteros (Abalone and Lobster Fishermen Coop)
A partnership with the community on Guadalupe Island, Mexico, to protect and restore island biodiversity
The Guadalupe Island fisher community (organized as a coop, the Abuloneros y Langosteros - Abalone and Lobster Fishermen Coop), is part of the Regional Fishermen Cooperative Federation (FEDECOOP). With more than 65 years of productive history in the Baja California Peninsula, FEDECOOP is the most important organization in Mexico of its type. They have consistently backed island conservation efforts, including logistics and support for protection decrees and conservation public policy.
 
The Guadalupe Cooperative has a long history of sustainable use of the island resources. With strict self-imposed control, they fish for abalone, lobster and sea cucumber. These seafood products are recognized as the highest quality products in the world. As a small village (100 people) far away from the mainland, the cooperative has to provide its own basic social services, such as education for the children and teenagers, energy, water, supplies and health care. 
 
Locally, Island Conservation's sister organization, Conservación de Islas, has been working with the cooperative since the start of the Guadalupe Island Restoration Project. With joint efforts, the Mexican Navy included, Conservación de Islas repaired 50 km (30 miles) of roads, a basic necessity to carry goods and access fresh water around the island. The removal of the goats, has additionally protected the fresh water source, making the island sustainable for the fisherman and their families. With the support of the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature (FMCN), Conservación de Islas and the cooperative refurbished the old primary school and constructed a new secondary school equipped with satellite internet. Guadalupe Island is an extraordinary example of how conservation and restoration activities can be a trigger to improve quality of life of a local community.
A young Guadalupe Pine

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