Pedro Cays to become protected area
THE Pedro Cays is to become a marine protected area following the signing of an agreement between the Jamaican Government and the UN Environment Programme.
The move forms part of an effort to replenish the fish stock in Jamaica and the Caribbean region, explained Nelson Andrade Colmenares, co-ordinator of the UNEP regional co-ordinating unit which is based in downtown Kingston.
"We are working very hard with the Government to declare the Pedro Cays a marine protected area," Colmenares said at this week's Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange. "The reason is that the fish in Jamaica are being depleted and unless we protect some areas so that the fish can recuperate, we are going to be in serious trouble. So the next step is to protect the area for a while."