Galleon, St. Elizabeth fish sanctuary is located on the south-western coast of Jamaica, in close proximity to Treasure Beach - an idyllic, relaxing and welcoming destination for tourists and locals alike. It was designated in 2009, and covers 2.5km2 of ocean with mangroves, seagrass and coral reef present. There are close to 16,000 persons in the surrounding communities of Crawford, Black River and Parrottee, 2,000 of whom are fishers.
The Galleon, St. Elizabeth SFCA is managed by BREDS: The Treasure Beach Foundation, an organization with its office located in the town of Treasure Beach. The foundation was established 1998 and has on its board a wide selection of Directors who aim to achieve their mission - to foster community empowerment through programs designed to enhance the education, vocational training, recreation and livelihoods of Treasure Beach community members and to ensure the sustainability of the environment that nurtures our community.
Photos: The sanctuary patrol boat nestled in among the community fishing boats (above, S. Lee); Warden Trysion Walters (right, B. Berry).
Through a C-FISH partnership, Galleon, St. Elizabeth has been able to:
- Construct an enforcement and educational catamaran. This locally-designed and built vessel will increase enforcement effectiveness, reduce fuel costs, and provide a useful resource for educational tours and income-generating activities. Please see ourPress Release on Patrol Boats.
- Purchase camera, radio and snorkelling equipment for their wardens to use and perform enforcement and conservation activities.
- Hire a Sanctuary Manager who will handle fund-raising, supervision of wardens and day-to-day management of the SFCA, public education and outreach, training, improving sanctuary effectiveness and improve restoration and protection of the environment
And soon to come:
- Purchase and construct signage to improve the public awareness of the location of the sanctuary, the regulations and the reasons behind its establishment. This will be positioned in strategic areas where fishers and other community members will be able to view it.