Marine protection


The last decades have seen much of the coral reefs of St Vincent and the Grenadines degraded by overfishing, near shore pollution (including silt run off and hotel waste pollution), dredging by developers, damage from anchors and sewerage from yachts. Many of the beaches are exhibiting significant erosion due to the loss of mangroves and sand dunes as well as other man made pressures placed on beaches. SVGPF will support efforts to preserve the natural environment of our coral reefs, our beaches and their surrounding areas. An ongoing effort in this regard in Mustique, where designated reserve areas around the key beaches (Macaroni and Lagoon) have been created, serves as a useful model for SVGPF to seek to replicate elsewhere in SVG. 

Marine habitats of key international importance, such as the Tobago Cays, despite having the status of a marine park, are still vulnerable to all of the threats outlined above. SVGPF will seek to give support to the establishment of new and upgrade of existing marine parks. 

This lack of environmental protection is in direct contradiction to the concept of ecotourism and potential tourism opportunities for the area.

The hawksbill and the leatherback turtles are critically endangered species in SVG and yet it is still legal to kill both species. To this effect, SVG continues to fail to fulfill its international commitments to protect these endangered species. SVGPF would seek to engage with the relevant authorities to effect the urgent modernization of the current turtle protection legislation as well as to garner the support of international partners (WIDECAST inter alia) to facilitate the introduction of scientific monitoring and data collection of the marine turtles of SVG.