Volume 58

Development of Pedro Bank Management Project: Preliminary results of an Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGRRA), Pedro Cays, Jamaica

Zenny, N., P. Kramer, P. Edwards, B. Hay, S. Green, N. Oxford
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Date: November, 2005

Pages: 517-518

Event: Proceedings of the Fifty Eighth Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute

City: San Andres

Country: Colombia


Due to its remote offshore location and relative isolation, the Pedro Bank is one of Jamaica’s few relatively healthy reef systems. However intensive fishing and high human densities are impacting the area and rigorous conservation measures are needed if Pedro Bank is to remain a viable and functioning ecosystem. The Pedro Bank project aims to minimize coral reef degradation by providing solutions to two main threats not currently addressed on the Bank - direct overfishing of resources and degradation of coral reefs and coral cays due to unsustainable development. The two main project objectives are: To fill critical data gaps to inform effective conservation strategies and To assist regulatory bodies with the management of the area. The Fisheries Division has specifically requested assistance with (a) an evaluation of current ecological and socio-economic conditions on the Cays and surrounding areas and (b) a plan to begin developing effective and practical management and zoning strategies for the Pedro Bank beginning with the Cays. Preliminary findings of the reef assessment conducted in April 2005 using the Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGRRA) methodology will be presented as well as draft recommendations and next steps in the project activities.

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