Central America Global Stewardship

Promoting projects that make a positive difference

Lindblad Expeditions supports stewardship efforts in the places we explore, and one way we do that is through the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund. Traveler contributions to the LEX-NG Fund in Central America currently support the National Geographic Society’s Early Career Grant program, which promotes future leaders with novel and exploratory projects that span the fields of conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology. In awarding each $5,000-$10,000 grant, preference is given to projects that directly impact Central America or that align with our mission to preserve the ocean, coastlines, and coastal communities in the regions where the LEX-NG fleet travels.

Continue reading below for a snapshot of projects we have supported over the years.

Encouraging Responsible Fishing Practices

MarViva trains artisanal fishermen on responsible fishing practices and why they are important to the environment. Fishers learn about more selective fishing gear, proper species identification, recommended sizes for different species, legal fishing grounds, and seasonal area closures.

Tracing Seafood Products to Their Source

Better traceability of the origin of seafood products improves accountability and quality and enables responsibly-caught products to be commercialized more favorably. With LEX-NG Fund support, MarViva has implemented a traceability program starting at catch-receiving centers in several communities in the Gulf of Nicoya region in Costa Rica, and tracking the fish product information all the way to partner points of sale.

Securing Commercial Partnerships

What good is catching fish if you can’t effectively sell them? In addition to promoting responsible fishing practices, MarViva helps artisanal fisher groups develop the technical capacity to sell their catch to corporate buyers for a better price and under more favorable conditions. MarViva also works with corporate buyers to spread awareness and encourage the use of economic incentives to reward fishers who use responsible fishing techniques.

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