Anguilla National Trust Awarded Funds from the European Union to Help Restore and Enhance Little Bay Marine Park

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By anguillian February 12, 2018 09:16 Updated

 

 

The European Union’s Voluntary Scheme for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of European Overseas (BEST) recently confirmed €100,000 in project funding to the Anguilla National Trust (ANT). The grant will be used over 12 months to support the restoration and enhancement of Little Bay Marine Park.

The project, while led by the ANT, will be implemented in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources and focuses on creating habitat for the Caribbean spiny lobster with the Little Bay Marine Park. Funding will support the creation of lobster houses, also called lobster casitas. These casitas will act as habitat and sanctuary spaces for these commercially and ecologically important species as well as other nearshore and coral reef fish species. Over time, spill-over effects, with the movement of lobster and other marine species as well as their eggs moving outside of the protected Little Bay waters, are expected and will further enhance Anguilla’s fishing industry. The lobster casitas will also serve as the main feature of a snorkel trail within the Marine Park.

In addition to increasing the number of Caribbean spiny lobster within the marine park, there will be training opportunities in casita construction, lobster population monitoring, and snorkel trail eco-tourism. The project will be officially launched in early March with a lobster casita construction workshop that will be facilitated by Ms Marsha Pardee, environmental consultant based in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

For more information about this European Union-funded project, individuals are encouraged to contact the Anguilla National Trust at 497 5297 or to visit the ANT office located near The Valley round-about.

– Press Release

anguillian
By anguillian February 12, 2018 09:16 Updated

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