International Fisherman’s Day, Miss May and the Blue Economy: Challenges There Are


On our weekly visits to Hellshire Beach in St. Catherine during the 1980s and early 1990s,     a stop at Miss May’s restaurant was a must. Her escoveitch fish was mouth-watering, her festivals melted in the mouth. We sat at the simple board tables in her restaurant shack, our feet in the cool sand, … More International Fisherman’s Day, Miss May and the Blue Economy: Challenges There Are

Lots of Liquidity


What a beautiful word it is: Liquid. This is the week’s Photo Challenge. On an island, we are surrounded by a liquid of the salty variety, so it is not hard to find. We were known as the “Land of Wood and Water” in the days of the Taino, and we have forests and rivers, … More Lots of Liquidity

A Beautiful Storehouse of Blue Carbon… World Mangrove Day, July 26


Today (July 26) is UNESCO’s International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem. In other words, it’s World Mangrove Day! UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova notes: Coastal mangroves are among the most threatened ecosystems on earth. Current estimates indicate that up to 67% of mangroves have been lost to date, and nearly all unprotected mangroves … More A Beautiful Storehouse of Blue Carbon… World Mangrove Day, July 26

Have We Dropped the Ball on Protecting Our Priceless Oceans? Wayne Campbell asks…


Have we done a poor job at protecting our oceans? Blogger Wayne Campbell thinks so – although it’s never too late and we must now do what we can to combat climate change and restore health to our marine and land environment (of course, it’s all connected). Here is Wayne’s article for World Oceans Day, published … More Have We Dropped the Ball on Protecting Our Priceless Oceans? Wayne Campbell asks…

Touring Portland Bight, Part 2: Salt River


This is the second part of my recent “day trip” with Ingrid Parchment, Executive Director of the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM), across the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA). May I remind you, first of all, that the PBPA is Jamaica’s largest protected area, comprising 1,876 sq km of coastal land and sea, and cays … More Touring Portland Bight, Part 2: Salt River

Coral Reefs, Fish and People: More Thoughts on the Portland Bight Protected Area


I wrote recently about the 2014 assessment of the coral reefs in the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA) (including several sites around Goat Islands, which are threatened by a transshipment port development). The University of the West Indies survey, funded by the Waitt Foundation, concluded that the reefs are in fairly good shape, although their … More Coral Reefs, Fish and People: More Thoughts on the Portland Bight Protected Area

Plastic Waste Causes Financial Damage of US$13 Billion Annually to Marine Ecosystems; Concern Grows over Microplastics


I am sharing with you this recent article on the curse of plastic. If you have ever seen Kingston Harbour after heavy rains, you will know that the surface of the water is covered with plastic (mostly bottles) washed down from the gullies. An issue of great concern is micro plastics. On our island, we need … More Plastic Waste Causes Financial Damage of US$13 Billion Annually to Marine Ecosystems; Concern Grows over Microplastics