The Jamaican government created the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA), the country’s biggest protected area, in 1999. The coastline includes the largest mangrove system in Jamaica. The mangroves, along with extensive seagrass beds and coral reefs, likely make up the largest nursery for fish and shellfish on the island. The land area includes 81 square miles of dry limestone forests and 32 square miles of wetlands. Many vulnerable and endemic species live there. The PBPA is also home to 44 villages with a total of 50,000 inhabitants. The area contains the highest concentration of fishers in Jamaica.
In 2010, Seacology provided funding for a new office (constructed from used shipping containers) to help the Caribbean Coastal Area Management (C-CAM) Foundation and the protected area’s rangers protect the area. With funding from CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, Seacology is making a grant to C-CAM to build a ranger dormitory. It will also be built using shipping containers. The grant will also fund a solar cooling system for the ranger station and other upgrades, including a restroom block. These improvements will allow this site to continue as a vital education and conservation hub serving rangers, staff, and visitors.