Presentation on theme: "Proposed Marine Management Areas in St. Kitts and Nevis Emile Pemberton."— Presentation transcript:
Proposed Marine Management Areas in St. Kitts and Nevis Emile Pemberton
Southeast Peninsula Area in St. Kitts Shallow area with seagrass beds
Beach seine operations are forbidden here Sunset over the Southeast Peninsula
Southeast Peninsula Area Nevis The channel between the two islands – only about 2 miles wide
Brief Background St. Kitts and Nevis are two islands separated by about two miles of water at the nearest point. These shallows are an area rich in biodiversity.
Lovers Beach Marine Protected Areas will seek to Protect Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches
Legislative Framework A few areas are de facto marine parks but have not been declared so under the laws of the country
Proposed Marine Park off Sandy Point MAP 1: SANDY POINT AREA
Marine Protected Areas on the Southeast Peninsula of St. Kitts
Public Conservation Education Public Education Through Participation: Families on Beach Patrol
Turtle watching Turtle watching – land and water based is a proposed marine park activity
LEGAL FRAMEWORK The National Conservation and Environment Protection Act, (NCEPA) No.5 of 1987 provides for the establishment of National Parks. The Fisheries Act No.4 of 1984 provides for the establishment of Fishing Priority Areas and Marine Reserves. Special regulations will be developed, with assistance from the Government’s legal Department.
Fee structure for activities in the MPAS
REVENUE MANAGEMENT A special account will be established for fees and other money received or collected. Proper accounting procedures will be established, including annual audits by a competent independent auditor. The Executive Director of the Authority is responsible for the management of the account. Quarterly allocations will be made available in accordance with approved budget submissions.
Monitoring Monitoring is needed firstly to guide management decisions, and secondly to determine the effectiveness of management. The Monitoring methods listed below would provide some of the necessary information. Some monitoring activities are already underway within the proposed MPAS but will need to be expanded. Other methods need to be started as soon as possible.
Monitoring Monitoring environmental variables as indicators of potential impacts on the marine ecosystem such as: Salinity at selected stations Sedimentation rates and water clarity at selected sites Water quality, specifically the levels of inorganic and organic pollutants.
Major’s Bay on the Southeast Peninsula of St. Kitts This area soon to be developed for tourism