Tobago Cays Marine Park

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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:


The Tobago Cays was designated a marine conservation area in 1987, under the Fisheries Act. In December 1997 the TCMP was upgraded to a marine protected area, overseen by a Marine Parks Board. It has also been declared as a wildlife protection area under the Wildlife Act 1987. The forested areas of the park are also listed under the Forestry Act. In December 2006 the Tobago Cays Marine Park was re-launched using a user fee system, where resources users are charged a fee based on the activities that they undertake within the boundaries of the Park. Today, the Tobago Cays Marine Park is the only fully functional marine protected area in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The express objective of the TCMP is “to protect, conserve and improve the natural resources of the Tobago Cays”. The key legal documents are:

·         Marine Parks Act, 1997

·         Marine Parks Act (Tobago Cays) Declaration Order, 1997

·         Marine Parks Act (Tobago Cays) Regulations, 1998

·         Fisheries Act, 1986 (amended 1986 and 1989)

 

·         Wildlife Act 1987

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


unknown

b - Management structure, authority

The TCMP is governed by a Marine Parks Board, which contains 10 members, including a chairperson. The 10 members are comprised of: 2 NGO representative, 1 nominee of the Ministry of National Security, 1 nominee of Minsitry of Tourism, Director and Deputy Director of Grenadines Affairs, the Chief Fisheries Officer, the Director of Finance (or nominee), the Solicitor General (or nominee) and the Commander of the Coast Guard (or nominee).

 

The Park Manager runs the operations of the TCMP, with a number of rangers, wardens, office attendants and administrative assistants. There is a total of 13 staff. 

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

Description of the management authority


There are 13 staff working at the Marine Park Authority in Union Island. There is a Park Manger and a number of rangers and office staff. The authority is self-financed, it does not rely on government subventions. The authority has its own headquarters, which doubles as a visitors centre. 

Means to implement the framework


The estimated annual income and expenditure for the TCMP is around $630,000 EC. All the income id from fees, mainly charged to tourists. Over half the expenditure is on staff salaries, other expenses include fuel and maintenance. 

Description

Quantity

Computers

2

Laptop

3

Printers

2

Desks

8

Chairs

11

Tanks

2

Oversuits

5

Fan

1

Radio

2

Mobile Radio

2

Fridge

1

Laminator

1

Guillotane

1

Transformers

3

Air Conditioners

5

Television

1

Filing Cabinets

4

Boats

3

Tool Kit

1

Book Shelves

1

Display Shelves

7

Safe

1

Storage Shelves

3

Cupboards

2

Aquarium (Incomplete)

1

Clothes Racks

3

Dvd

1

Wii

1

Water Fountain

1

Lionfish Spears

5

Cutlass

1

Wheel Barrow

1

Fire Extinguisher

1

First Aid Kit

2

Bcd

7

Regulator

5

Fins

7

Masks

5

Life Jackets

15 Adults/ 9 Children

Moorings

30

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

Objective Top priority Comment
Enhanced conservation and management of biological diversity. Yes
Sustained economic benefits from the use of existing natural resources. Yes

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

The TCMP Management Plan 2007-2009 is the current management plan, despite never being approved by Cabinet and 5 years out of date. The plan outlines the legal basis for the TCMP, its history, environmental and social values, as well as impacts and threats. It outlines the mission, goals and objectives of the authority, its organisational framework, administrative and financial arrangements and the structure and role of the board. The management of the park is discussed including the zoning of the park, fees, licences of vendors and tourism operators, and participatory measures. Also it gives guidance on monitoring and evaluation, research, surveillance and enforcement, and the need for education and awareness campaigns.

Management plan - date of publication

: 1/1/07

Management plan duration

: 3

Date of Review planned

: not specified