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Supporting Infrastructure towards the establishment of a Special Fishery Conservation Area in Portland.

Area Of Work: Biodiversity

Operational Phase: Phase 5

Grant Amount: US$ 50,000.00

Co-Financing Cash:US$ 11,312.41

Co-Financing in-Kind: US$ 26,687.59

Status: Currently under execution

Description : Portland, Jamaica s north eastern parish, harbours both terrestrial and marine ecousystems with biodiversity of international significance. The mountains, forests, rivers, shorelines and coastal waters here support assets of local, national and global importance, however its marine and coastal ecosystems are suffering from a multitude of threats including over-exploitation, over fishing, habitat loss, development, pollution and climate change. The effects of sewage, pesticides, herbicides and other pollutants brought to the reef by Portland s network of rivers are also cause for concern and many of the bays which are developed have clearly visible signs of eutrophication and an excessive abundance of high-nutrients.

A vast array of corals, fish and invertebrate species can be found amongst the reef including, the IUCN critically endangered Elkhorn coral, Acropora Palmata. Mangroves and protective bays function as ideal fish nurseries and sandy beaches provide nesting areas for the endangered green, hawksbill and loggerhead turtles whose habitats are already threatened by beach erosion and illegal poaching consequently local fish populations have been so severely depleted that few fish survive more than a year and fewer long enough to reproduce. Fishing techniques such as small fish pot nets, setting gill nets on shallow fore-reef and spear-fishing at night have enabled fishermen to target smaller fish.

Despite thee threats to our coastal resources, Portland remains one of the only parishes without a marine protected area. PEPA has recognized the need for a conservation area in the parish and is now positioned to achieve its objective through the declaration of a Special Fishery Conservation Area (SFCA).

Grantee: Portland Environment Protection Association

Grantee Contact : Mr System Administrator

Address : 6 Allan Avenue, Port Antonio

Portland , LAC ,

country :Jamaica

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