From Laws on Paper to Enforcement on the Water: Sustainable Ocean Management Gets Real in Barbuda


Co-authored by Andy Estep, Science Manager of the Waitt Institute

For the first time in the history of Barbuda, law enforcement agents from four agencies gathered in the Codrington Fisheries Complex to collaborate on the enforcement of ocean laws in the island’s waters. This important step will ensure that the community reaps the benefits of new local regulations passed for coastal zoning and fisheries in August 2014.

Graduation day for the marine enforcement workshop class.

The three-day enforcement workshop was an enormous step forward in transforming abstract words and zoning maps into a sustainably managed fishery and coral reef. Soon, those new regulations will be implemented – already, fishing permits are being issued and patrols are being planned.

“This workshop definitely enhances the whole idea of the Blue Halo Initiative because it actually brings the participants up to speed about how we are going to enforce the fisheries regulations,” said David Shaw, chairman of the Barbuda Council. “This is the way that we will conserve and preserve our environment for the betterment of a sustainable economy for both Antigua and Barbuda.”

In the room, the excitement could be felt as representatives of the coast guard, police, fisheries, and national park learned how to best work together to protect the reefs, and defend the future of Barbuda from overfishing.

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Barbuda agencies join forces to learn techniques for enforcing new coastal zones and regulations.
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Participants practice measuring for legal conch size using a gage provided by the Waitt Institute.

Barbudans are even more committed now to protecting and restoring their marine resources. The most challenging part was simply getting started.

The free workshop was sponsored by the Waitt Institute and led by —> Read More