Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve

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Chapter 6. MANAGEMENT

a - Legal and policy framework (attach in Annex a copy of original texts, and indicate, if possible, the IUCN status)

National status of your protected area:


Marine Reserve

The approximately 86,653 acre Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve was established as a protected area in 1993 (SI 38 of 1993) under the Fisheries Act (Ch. 210).

IUCN status (please tick the appropriate column if you know the IUCN category of your PA):


IV
Comments:
The protected area is considered to be within IUCN category IV – a Habitat/Species Management Area, with active management targeted at conservation through management intervention (IUCN, 1994).

b - Management structure, authority

Fisheries Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

c - Functional management body (with the authority and means to implement the framework)

Description of the management authority


Fisheries Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve was established as a protected area in 1993 (SI 38 of 1993) under the Fisheries Act (Ch. 210), and encompasses the marine area of the Atoll, managed under the Fisheries Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. It is considered one of the highest priority areas in the Mesoamerican Caribbean Reef system, providing recruitment, nursery, feeding and dwelling areas for lobster, conch and finfish, and providing unique fish habitat in the interior lagoon (WWF, 2002). It is an important component of not only Belize’s national marine protected areas system,

Means to implement the framework


Belize Fisheries Department, Government of Belize.

Funding is gotten from Central Government and funds are also collected from Park Fees. This is used to pay staff and maintain engines and so forth. More funding is needed but with the current financial situation of the country it is seen as moderate.

d - Objectives (clarify whether prioritized or of equal importance)

Objective Top priority Comment
Provide protection for the physical and biological resources of Glover’s Reef, in order to maintain and sustain these resources for the benefit of current and future generations Yes • to preserve the outstanding beauty, uniqueness and naturalness of the atoll • to regulate use of the area to ensure the sustainability of its resources, resilience of its ecosystems, and maintenance of ecological processes • to provide protected habitats for commercially important species in order to enhance recruitment and replenishment, thus achieving sustainable yields, and to demonstrate these benefits to fishermen • to protect critical habitats for endangered species • to manage the
Increase awareness and understanding of the natural resource of Glover’s Reef through education and research Yes • encourage use of the atoll for applied scientific research by the national and international scientific community, and to feed the results of research into the marine reserve’s managementdecision process • to foster use of the atoll as a study center by both local and international students • to foster awareness of the importance of the marine environment, and the marine reserve specifically, through educational and interpretive programmes to encourage use of the reserve as a training center in marine resources and MPA management, and for demonstrating the benefits of MPAs
Provide a resource for recreation and tourism Yes • to provide undisturbed areas for tourism and recreation in a controlled and well informed manner • to enhance the social and economic benefits of the area by promoting uses compatible with conservation and sustainable development principles

e - Brief description of management plan (attach in Annex a copy of the plan)

Management Plan Exists

Management plan - date of publication

: not specified

Management plan duration

: not specified

Date of Review planned

: not specified