Oracabessa

June 2011

Establishing a furnished field office and providing equipment for the enforcement of the 150-acre sanctuary

The Oracabessa Bay Fish Sanctuary is a collaborative project between the local fishermens’ cooperative and the Oracabessa Foundation. Realizing that fish stocks were rapidly declining, the fishermen reached out to the foundation to rebuild biodiversity in the bay. Oracabessa Bay is an important fish breeding area. Its plentiful mangroves and estuarine areas provide nursery habitat that is perfect for stocking with fish – provided they are given a bit of breathing room to grow and reproduce. Since 2008, the cooperative and the foundation have worked side by side to move the sanctuary from concept to reality. The sanctuary is now operational. Six wardens, all local fishermen, work in rotation to provide coverage.

Seacology is funding a building that will serve as the headquarters for sanctuary operations. Like the Seacology-funded field office and barracks at Jamaica’s Portland Bight Protected Area, this building will be constructed from modified shipping containers. It will serve as a focal point for sanctuary administration and provide storage for field and scientific equipment used at the fish sanctuary.

Project Updates
October 2018
Jamaica field rep Krishna Desai and program manager Mary Randolph visited the field office and met with sanctuary manager Inilek Wilmot and Oracabessa Foundation director Jon Gosse. The fish...
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January 2015
Seacology made a grant for construction of a wooden roof over the Oracabessa Bay Fish Sanctuary field office, which was constructed from used shipping containers.
June 2012
The field station project was completed in late 2011. The station consists of a shipping container which has been repurposed into an office and public education facility, and for equipment...
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December 2011
The Oracabessa Bay Fish Sanctuary Office Construction Project is complete. The major work under the project included the purchase and interior fit-out of a used shipping container, clearing...
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