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Marine Protected Areas in the Grenadines

Did you know that three destinations on the various trips Savvy’s offer are Marine Protected Areas (MPA)? The Grenadines Network of Marine Protected areas was established in 2011 and includes the Tobago Cays Marine Park, Sandy Island Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area and the Moliniere- Beausejour Marine Protected Area.

The aim was to exchange information on projects, reflect on achievements made and lessons learned in an effort to promote the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources. With the increasing threats to marine life from overfishing, pollution and climate change, they saw it imperative to unite in finding feasible solutions to the issues faced.

The renowned Tobago Cays Marine Park consists of 5 pristine, unspoilt islands that homes turtle and bird sanctuaries, a variety of coral reef species and other tropical flora and fauna. It is perhaps one of the most impressive MPA in the world.

The Sandy Island Oyster Bed MPA which was established in July 2010, makes up 787 hectares of  an extensive marine ecosystem that encompasses L’Esterre Bay, Pt. Cistern; the mangroves of Lauriston Pt. and Tyrrel Bay (which is the habitat for the mangrove oyster),a wide variety of coral species and seagrass beds. It extends into the sea and includes the sister rocks, Sandy Island and Mabouya Island. The mangroves of Tyrrel Bay are particularly significant to local boat owners who use the area to secure their boats during tropical storms.

The Moliniere-Beausejour MPA stretches from Moliniere point up to Brizan - including Dragon, Flamingo and Beausejour Bays. The world famous - first ever underwater sculpture park located at Moliniere Point and created by artist Jason deCaires Taylor, is home to 108 individual sculptures. Other cultural resources include shipwrecks and petroglyphs.

Other Marine Protected Areas include the Woburn/Clarke’s Court Bay and Grand Anse which hasn’t been established as yet however, it’s the site of a major coral reef restoration project. 

We urge you to be mindful of the rules and regulations whenever you visit these locations. Do not touch the corals, hunt any animals or leave garbage behind.  

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