Molinière - Beauséjour MPA

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Chapter 5. CULTURAL AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC CRITERIA

(Guidelines and Criteria Section B / Cultural and Socio-Economic Criteria) Nominated Areas must conform, where applicable, to at least one of the three Cultural and Socio-Economic Criteria. If applicable, describe how the nominated site satisfies one or more of the following three Criteria (Attach in Annex any specific and relevant documents in support of these criteria).

Productivity:


The coral reef systems within the MPA is one of the most diverse and aboundant economically important reef fish and invertebrates (e.g. lobsters, crabs & conch) around the island. The protection of these species within the MPA would allow them to get larger and produce more eggs to supply areas that are being fished. This would allow for a constant replenishment of the areas that are being fished; thereby, providing a sustainable source of income to the families that depend on fishing.

Cultural and traditional use:


The reefs within the boundries of the MPA has been traditionally fished from the rocks using pole and line as a subsistence activity. To foster the traditional value of the area, this is the only fishing method that is still allowed under the supervision of the MPA rangers.

Socio-economic benefits:


The MPA is utilized by the subsistence fishers that utilize tradional fishing methods (i.e. pole and line form the rocks and beach seine) to extract various target species. These fishers catch fish for their own household use and the excess they sell within their community.

There are also a small group of young men from the communities that are adajecent to the MPA that generate a living from tourism within the MPA. These tour operators charge a fee to visitors to take them snorkeling on the reefs or at the worlds first underwater sculpture park.