Caribbean Sea MPA Enforcement
The Caribbean Sea provides for and supports its people. Incredible sandy beaches draw tourists, while lobsters and conch support local fishermen, and mangroves and coral reefs protect islands from the full force of hurricanes. However, the Caribbean faces substantial challenges: reefs are degraded and algae-infested, and once-abundant fish are now harder to find.
Recognizing the challenges, many Caribbean nations are creating Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) to permanently protect key ocean and coastal habitats. ELI’s is supporting these efforts by working to ensure that Caribbean MPAs have a strong legal foundation that supports effective compliance and enforcement. Our new report fulfills a recommendation by Caribbean MPA enforcement officials, comparing enforcement provisions found in Caribbean nations’ MPA legislation. Click here or the image below for the full report.