Mobilizing the community…

The city of Montego Bay is home to approximately 125,000 residents and hosts just as many tourists on an annual basis.  Studies indicate that healthy coral reefs generate over US$427,000,000 per annum for the Jamaican economy.  Yet people are concerned about the state of the environment and its continued deterioration.  The Trust empowers people and communities to have a meaningful impact through international commemorations such as International Coastal Cleanup, Earth Day and World Wetlands Day.

World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day is held each February to commemorate the importance of wetlands around the globe.  While much of Montego Bay’s shoreline boasts critical mangrove habitat (including Bogue Lagoon Fish Sanctuary), ongoing efforts are required to help replant mangroves impacted by encroachment, deforestation and debris.

Earth Day

Earth Day is one of the oldest and most widely celebrated conservation events in the world.  Established to raise awareness to the fragility of earth ecosystems, Earth Day sees many visitors participating in Trust organized cleanups and environmental fetes.

International Coastal Cleanup

Recognized as the single largest global cleanup event in history, the International Coastal Cleanup unites the globe in an effort to remove and count the amount of waste entering our oceans.

…maximizing our impact…

Volunteers Mobilized

Bags of Garbage Collected

Pounds of Trash Weighed

Plastic Bottles Recycled

...and keeping the nation engaged.

People, Get Ready part 3

… an ounce of prevention In the latter half of May it seemed there was just too much to think about.  The COVID lockdowns and curfews continued.  A moderate earthquake near Mavis Bank rattled dishes in Kingston.  Tropical Storm Arthur blew up south of Florida, getting...

People, Get Ready part 2

… the last of the first forecasts The hurricane forecasting season reached its peak on May 21, with the storm season already under way. NOAA’s National Hurricane Center delivered its 2020 outlook at the end of a month of public education, much of which was spent...

Hot, Dry No Plan in Sight

The COVID-19 lockdown is well into its second month with no real end in sight. The hurricane season is just around the corner and it’s forecast to be a bad one. The weather is hot and dry, and it’s been that way for long enough to be a real problem for anyone trying...

Pasture Management

... grazing for healthy reefs The plant-like things that grow underwater are often lumped together as “seaweed”. However, the sea grasses (turtle grass and manatee grass) have true roots, an internal circulation system, flowers and seeds. Algae are simpler, and...

Twice Told Tales

There are two subjects that regularly spark public debate in Jamaica. One is the need to Do Something About Climate Change, preferably with somebody else paying the bills. The other is the very bad state of the nation’s fisheries and the need to Do Something About the...

Happy Earth Day

Cleaning up Mobay -- again On Sunday, April 22, Earth Day asks us to take the environment personally. From its modest beginnings in 1970, the idea has grown and spread. This year, sponsors of “the world’s largest environmental service campaign” estimate that more than...

People, Get Ready

... Here we go again! June 1, the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, is only about six weeks away. The first of the major forecasts – from the respected team at Colorado State University – appeared on April 5, and it calls for a slightly above average...

Closed Season

… If you love lobsters, leave them alone On Sunday, April 1, the Caribbean Spiny Lobster season in Jamaica closed. Until June 30, it is illegal to catch, sell or possess lobsters or lobster meat. If you are caught, the penalties include fines and possibly jail time....

A Week of Special Days

… and still not much to celebrate Last week a series of special days in the environmental calendar came and went almost unnoticed. Wednesday, March 21 (the traditional first day of spring) was also the International Day of Forests. March 22 was World Water Day, and...

Is Nothing Safe

…stealing sea cucumbers If you’ve been snorkeling over a sand or mud bottom, you’ve probably seen something that looked like a small moldy loaf of bread. That was a sea cucumber, and it’s not a vegetable. These interesting and useful creatures, part of the same large...