United Nations
Long Island Marine Management Area (LIMMA) -- Rapid Ecological Assessment
by Ocean Crest Alliance (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
Ocean Crest Alliance(OCA) and partners to carry out Rapid Ecological Assessment (REA) of the proposed 215,000 acre MPA off of Long Island Bahamas. REA to be carried out as a Nationally Sanctioned Bahamas Government Project. Funding requested outlines complete breakdown of personal, equipment, logistics and lodging. Time to act is important as we wish to secure the local dive teams for the summer months.

Based on the Nov 18-19, 2013 Long Island community stakeholder meetings, the July 27-29, 2016 Long Island community stakeholder meeting in regards to the proposed 215,000 acre Long Island Marine Management Area (LIMMA), and in direct response to a recommendation by the University of Florida Conservation Clinic Levin College of Law, in direct relation to the area defined by the stakeholders as a Multi-Use Marine Management Area, we wish to perform a Rapid Ecological Assessment of this area; Assessment to be sanctioned under the authority of The Bahamas National Trust and the Bahamas Govt., and is required to submit to the Bahamas Government; Minister of Environment, Hon. Romauld (Romi) Ferreira. This necessary assessment provides critical habitat data needed to pass legislation of the proposed 215,000 acre LIMMA
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): Combination of garbage and waste from septic systems and everyday land based activities
  • Other (please specify): Eliminate the use of single use plastics bags
  • Coastal clean-ups:
  • Plastics product bans or restrictions :
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse:
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
  • Other (please specify): Design, Develop and Manage a Marine Protected Area -- Bottom Up Approach
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • Scientific research and cooperation to address ocean acidification knowledge gaps
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Reduction and elimination fishing practices and gear that destroy/degrade marine habitat
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
  • Reduction of fisheries by-catch and product waste/losses
  • Eco-labelling, traceability, certification programmes
  • Other (please specify): Work with fishing community and local enforcement to eliminate IUU's.
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • No take marine protected area
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
  • Economic benefits from sustainable aquaculture/mariculture
  • Economic benefits from marine renewable energy
  • Economic benefits from sustainable transport
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Legal/policy/institutional measures
  • Transfer of fishing technology
  • Access to coastal fishing grounds
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Activities to raise awareness of the comprehensive legal and policy framework for the sustainable development of oceans and seas, in particular UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments and promote their effective im
  • Strengthening ocean governance, for example through the development of a national ocean policy or regional ocean policy
  • Development of necessary infrastructure and/or enforcement capabilities to comply with international law, as reflected in UNCLOS and as complemented by other ocean-related instruments
Note: REA to be a Nationally Sanctioned Bahamas Project Note: REA to utilize AGGRA Reef Assessment survey methods. Note: GIS data maps to be provided by The Nature Conservancy. Note: Data collected and field expedition to be lead nationally by BNT Note: Outreach and Education program to be lead nationally by BREEF Note: Documentary film to be produced by BNT/OCA for national and international use. Note: Date to be July 14th thru July 28th 2017.
Other, please specify
$74,875.00 USD
Basic information
Time-frame: July 2017 - July 2017
Ocean Crest Aliance (ngo), Bahamas National Trust (ngo), The Nature Conservancy (ngo), Bahamas Reef Environmental Education Foundation (ngo), Oceans5 ngo
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Florida, Cuba, Gulf of Mexico, Global
Contact information
Joseph Ierna, Founder / Director, jijr-oca@oceancrestalliance.org, 242.357.1196
Long Island, Bahamas
Other SDGs
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