Mustique hosted Regional Workshop on Marine Protection for the Grenadines

| June 18, 2014

Caribbean news. Clifton, Union Island, June 17, 2014 – Staff from six marine protected areas in Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines gathered together in the Grenadine Island of Mustiques for their annual meeting about actions to strengthen reef management in the Grenadines.

Organised by Sustainable Grenadines Inc., this is the fourth consecutive year that the network has held such a meeting. Members of the network are Tobago Cays Marine Park, St. Vincent’s South Coast Marine Conservation Area, Mustique Marine Conservation Area, Sandy Island/Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area, Moliniere-Beausejour Marine Protected Area and Woburn/Clarke’s Court Marine Protected Area. Representatives from government departments in both countries, the University of the West Indies and St George’s University and The Nature Conservancy were among the other participants.

“By acting as a network, the members seek to achieve their objectives of conservation and the sustainable use of marine resources more effectively as a group than any one individual marine park could otherwise achieve on their own,” explained Mr. Martin Barriteau, Executive Director of Sustainable Grenadines, Inc.

Since 2011 the six MPAs have shared information and collaborated to promote the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources that are so important to local communities and to local livelihoods. Now the network has agreed to jointly monitor the health of coastal and marine resources in the Grenadines.

Mustique group

“This means that each marine protected area agreed to setup and collect data on permanent sites which they will monitor in the long term.  With this information, the network will be able to produce annual reports on the status of marine and coastal resources across the Grenadines, which will help to highlight the most important needs and concerns, and show progress made,” commented Mr. Barriteau.

“It’s an achievement and a milestone in our collaboration together.”

The meeting was hosted by the Mustique Company Ltd.  and sponsored by the US National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. In addition to meeting sessions, the participants gathered with local fishers to discuss sustainable fisheries practices. The participants also gave short talks for local school children about the marine environment.

For more informaiton please contact Sustainable Grenadines Inc., Clifton, Union Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Tel/Fax:  # (784)  485 – 8779. e-mail:  susgrenpm@vincysurf.com

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