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Portland Bight Protected Area

Portland Bight, Jamaica

MARINE PROTECTED AREA

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The Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA) was created by the Jamaican government in 1999 to protect a large marine and terrestrial area on the island of Jamaica located southeast of Kingston. Nearby cays such as Little Goat Island are included. It is the largest protected area in Jamaica and comprises 724 square miles (1,880 km2). Although the first priority in forming the protected area was to protect the coral reefs, it also serves to protect vulnerable and endemic species. The PBPA includes 32 square miles (83 km2) of wetlands on the island, and coastlines of mangroves, as well as sea-grass beds that serve as a nursery for fish and shellfish breeding. The Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM) has been charged with managing zones within the protected area.

On land there are 81 square miles (210 km2) of dry limestone forests, 60 known caves, and it includes a population of 50,000. Part of the task in forming the PBPA going forward is to find a balance between protecting the ecosystem from destruction by economic development and allowing the human inhabitants a means to live and work.

As of August 29, 2013, the Government of Jamaica is proposing to develop the Goat Islands, in the PBPA, as a transhipment hub in conjunction with the Chinese government. Environmentalists argue that this will have a severe impact on the entire protected area.

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    dandrade commented on the Site

    28 days ago

    "The Government of Jamaica is engaged in negotiations with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) to establish a large transshipment port in the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA) in the vicinity of the Goat Islands. See www.savegoatislands.org "

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    Protected Area updated by Mapping and Data Management, National Environment and Planning Agency, Jamaica, facilitated by UNEP-WCMC

    almost 2 years ago

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  • WDPA ID220101
  • NamePortland Bight
  • Original NamePortland Bight
  • Country / TerritoryJAM
  • Sub locationNot Reported
  • IUCN CategoryVWhat is this?
  • English DesignationProtected Area
  • Designation TypeNational
  • StatusDesignated
  • Status Year1999
  • Reported Area km21973.2003
  • Marinetrue
  • Reported Marine Area km21356.4
  • No TakeNot Reported
  • No Take Area km20.0
  • Governance TypeNot Reported
  • International CriteriaNot Applicable
  • Management AuthorityNational Environment & Planning Agency (NEPA)
  • Management Plan URLNot Reported

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Mapping and Data Management, National Environment and Planning Agency, Jamaica (2010)

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Jamaica's System of Protected Areas (2010) National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Jamaica.
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