Restoring Habitats

Changing Perspectives

Expanding Horizons

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.

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...

Much Ado

.. and not much doing On Saturday, March 3, there was an earthquake in Jamaica. It wasn’t much of an earthquake, with an intensity of just 4.0 on the Richter scale. The centre was located about 18 km below the earth’s surface, just south of St. Margaret’s Bay in a...

Living Colour

… What do the fish see? A lot of SCUBA divers are attracted to the sport by beautiful underwater pictures of a world decked out in brilliant reds, glowing yellows, every shade of pink and orange, green and blue. Then they get thirty feet down and wonder where all the...

All Creatures Great and Small

…why we need wildlife Saturday, March 3, is World Wildlife Day. Established by the United Nations in 2013, the day marks the anniversary of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. It is meant to draw attention to the importance of wild creatures...

Hunting Lions

…for fun and dinner In the past couple of years there has been quite a lot written about lionfish – usually, articles moaning about what a menace they are. In fact, lionfish are very attractive in their bright stripes and flowing plumes. They also taste very good,...