Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2020. 10:15 am CST.
By BBN Staff: The United States Embassy in Belize is highlighting Belizeans and for November, the conservation spotlight is on Kyle Montero and Martinique Fabro.
Kyle and Martinique work at Oceana Belize, an organization that is dedicated to bringing awareness to ocean-related issues, focusing on ocean conservation and protecting biodiversity.
Kyle graduated from the University of Belize with a degree in business management and went on to work in the business sector of an insurance company.
Knowing that he enjoys doing work that benefits others, he was excited to have the opportunity in 2018 to work with Oceana Belize.
As the administrative assistant, Kyle monitors the outreach program and provides support to other teams related to outreach and communications by ensuring proper distribution of funds and functionality. He also assists in planning and coordinating various events working with students, businesses, and volunteers strengthening their relationship with the Belizean public.
Martinique attended the University of the West Indies receiving a degree in international relations with a minor in human resources.
While never doing conservation work prior to joining Oceana Belize, Martinique knew that she would be able to provide various skills in order to effectively advocate for the organization and as such joined in 2018.
As a communications officer, Martinique ensures that the organization is represented well on international and local social media platforms by monitoring media, updating relevant information, and providing exposure for different events.
The organization has called attention to protecting the Belize Barrier Reef (2nd largest in the world), offshore oil, and succeeded in banning bottom trolling by working with the Belizean government and the Belize Coalition for Sustainable Fisheries.
Their more recent campaign- the Gillnet campaign, strives to ban gillnets from Belizean waters as gillnets catch marine life indiscriminately. Gillnets are also used by illegal fishers from other areas so a ban would facilitate the monitoring of illegal fishing. The organization is working on negotiations with the Coalition for Sustainable Fishery and aims to work with Belizean fishermen to facilitate a transitional period.
Kyle and Martinique are excited to continue their work protecting the oceans and marine life.
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