Saturday, 17 November 2012

Milestone Reached by Sandy Island / Oyster Bed MPA

November 15th 2012 -The first Marine Protected Area Manager has been appointed in Carriacou.

The Sandy Island / Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area Stakeholders’ Management Board, the Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs are pleased to welcome onboard Olando Harvey as the first manager of the Sandy Island /Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area.

Olando was born in Grenada and holds a BSc Degree in Life Science from the St. George's University and a Masters Degree in Marine Environmental Management from Dalhousie University.

Olando brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience having worked with the Tobago Cays Marine Park in Union Island for the past seven years as Park Ranger and Marine Biologist. He has extensive training, having attended numerous overseas courses and workshops on Marine Protected Areas Management. Olando is a past student of the UNEP-CEP / CaMPAM Training of Trainers Course on Marine Protected Areas Management.

Support for the recruitment of a manager comes from a grant from the regional CARIBSAVE Partnership to the Sandy Island / Oyster Bed MPA Stakeholders’ Management Board. In addition to assisting with the recruitment of new staff, CARIBSAVE is also helping the Sandy Island / Oyster Bed MPA to enhance its patrols and to monitor fish biomass in the protected area. Importantly, the Partnership is providing support to local fishers by providing equipment that will extend their capacity for offshore fishing, so reducing pressure on nearshore fish stocks and providing an alternative to fishing in the protected area. CARIBSAVE is also supporting a visit for fishers from Carriacou and Grenada to Hol Chan Marine reserve in Belize, to show the benefits that can accrue over time to fishers from successful marine protected areas.

The Sandy Island / Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area was officially launched on July 31st 2010. For more information please contact the Sandy Island / Oyster Bed MPA office at 443 7494