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Expansion of maritime area declared as marine protected area under national legislation
by National Environment and Planning Agency, Jamaica (Government)
(i) Objective: To increase Jamaica's maritime area declared as marine protected area under national legislation by an estimated two per cent (2%) by the year 2019.

(ii) Implementation Methodologies: As at 2013, 15.1% of Jamaicas maritime area (archipelagic baseline) has been declared as marine protected areas under national legislation. The country will increase its marine protected areas by an estimated two per cent (2%) by 2019 with the declaration of the Pedro Cays and surrounding waters (area) and the Black River protected landscape/seascape.

The Pedro Cays: South-west (Bird) Cay, North-east (Top) Cay and Middle Cay are part of the Pedro Bank which is a submarine plateau with an area of approximately 8,040 km2. The Bank consists of a variety of marine habitats including seagrass beds, coral reefs and sandy shoals. It includes the waters surrounding the South-west Cay which were recently designated a Special Fishery Conservation Area under the Fishing Industry Act.
Progress reports
14.2
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
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
14.5
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
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
December/2019
Declaration of the Pedro Cays and surrounding waters and the Black River landscape/seascape as marine protected areas under the Natural Resources Conservation Authority Act
Staff / Technical expertise
The technical expertise of the staff of the National Environment and Planning Agency will be utilized in the declaration of the additional maritime area as marine protected areas
Basic information
Time-frame: April/2017 - December/2019
Partners
National Environment and Planning Agency (Government) Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (Government) Fisheries Division (Government)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
  • North Atlantic
  • South Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Peter Knight , Chief Executive Officer , peter.knight@nepa.gov.jm, +1 (876) 7547540
Kingston, Jamaica
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