Last updated: November 8, 2002
The 2nd meeting of the NACRI, convened during the Caribbean Coral Reef Conference in Curaçao, October 2002, formulated and discussed a number of projects to implement the priority action program drafted at the first NACRI meeting in Bonaire. Below are the projects that resulted from the discussions. Tentative budgets have been drawn up for them, and funding now needs to be sought to realize these projects.
Objective: Provide marine park (assistant) managers with the latest insights and developments in the field of coral reef ecology, and an overview of ongoing coral reef research, enabling them to incorporate this knowledge in the management of the park.
Activities: Organize a 3 day workshop on coral reef ecology, formulate the workshop program, identify and invite speakers, arrange for conference room and presentation facilities. Arrange transport and lodging for (assistant) park managers and invited speakers
Organization: NACRI secretariat w scientific advisory group
Activities: organization of the workshop, arrange for conference room and presentation facilities. Invitation of selected scientists, the park managers and asst. managers.
Objective: Exchange experience and training between the MPA's of the islands in order to strengthen the management organizations
Activities: Set up a yearly staff exchange program schedule.
Organization: Marine park management organizations
Objective: Establish a dialogue on each island, involving all coral reef stakeholders, i.e dive-shops, hotels, tourism bureau, fishermen, NGO’s, government services, and researchers, in order to reach a consensus about a common strategy for the protection of the coral reefs, fostering a broad support for implementation.
Activities: Organize a workshop on each of the islands to present and discuss a strategy/vision with goals and solutions for the future.
Organization: The island marine park management organization, or main coral reef conservation NGO
Actions: Arrange for conference room and presentation facilities, identify the most relevant issues on the island for coral reef conservation and invite speakers accordingly, and invite and lobby for participation of all stakeholders.
Objective: Introduction of innovative coral reef fish friendly fish trap design on each island, through a pilot program to test a number of these traps on each island where they are still commonly used, using the help of a selected fisherman on each island. The traps will become familiar while the fisherman doing the testing will see that the catch losses are insignificant to him. Once this is shown it will be easier to get other fishermen to also adopt the new design.
Activities: commission a trap maker on each island to manufacture the traps. Select a fishermen on each island willing to monitor and report his catches using the new and old traps. Provide him with a number of new traps and an incentive. Collect the catch data from the fisherman and produce a summary report and publicize it.
Organization: Marine Park Management or local NGO
Objective: Provide local fishermen with information about how marine reserves (no take zones) work to their benefit, in order to get their support.
In St. Lucia marine reserves have turned out to be very beneficial for fisheries in the surrounding areas. The fishermen catch more and bigger fish outside the reserves. A St. Lucian fisherman who has experience in dealing with fishermen, can explain the positive effects of marine reserves on each of our islands where fishermen still think that marine parks and reserves are only there to make life impossible for them. Together with well designed informational tools specifically aimed at the fishermen, this may help to convince fishermen to support marine reserves.
Activities: Locate and acquire the necessary informational tools. Identify a suitable St. Lucian, willing to go to all our islands for presentations to the fishermen there. Organize fishermen meetings where the presentations are given.
Organization: NACRI secretariat together with Marine Park managements and/or NGO’s
Objective: A coral reef monitoring program on each island. Activate, facilitate and coordinate the monitoring activities on each island through a central coordinator, and establishment of a central web accessible database to store the collected monitoring data.
Activities: identify and hire a suitable coordinator for 3 or 4 years to facilitate the establishment of monitoring groups on each island and provide them with basic supplies, to collect monitoring data from the groups, and to analyze the data. Establish base office with webserver for central database. Purchase necessary equipment. Purchase supplies for monitoring groups Train and lead monitoring groups initially.
Organization: NACRI secretariat
Objectives: Map nutrient pollution for Bonaire and Curaçao to identify problem areas. One year monitoring program for environmental indicators (chemical concentrations) of the coastal waters of Bonaire and Curaçao.
Activities: Identify appropriate sites and sampling regime for Bonaire and Curaçao. Select indicators to be tested for. Acquire portable high sensitivity automated field lab to measure very small concentrations of nutrients and other selected environmental indicators. Execute water sampling around the islands
Organization: DROB Bonaire and LVV Curaçao
Total for all Projects 433,650.00