Galleon Fish Sanctuary
As one of the key drivers of community development in the area, BREDS was entrusted in 2011 with the management responsibility for the sanctuary.
WHAT IS A FISH SANCTUARY?
A Fish Sanctuary is a coastal area where no fishing is allowed so that fish (and other sea life) have a sea haven to breed and grow to increase the fish stock and keep it healthy.
The mangroves, coral reefs and sea grass beds in the Galleon Fish Sanctuary are home to many young fish, endangered juvenile turtles and marine animals.
It is illegal to fish in Fish Sanctuaries. Fishermen found to be in violation are subjected to arrest and can have their equipment and catch confiscated.
WHY ARE CORAL REEFS IMPORTANT?
• Reefs protect people and coastlines from storm destruction.
• Reefs provides habitat for marine life
• Reefs supports diversity of life
• Reefs store carbon dioxide
• Reefs may hold the cure for many human diseases
• Reefs make beautiful beaches
BENEFITS OF THE FISH SANCTUARY
Fish Sanctuaries are anticipated to gradually increase fish population affected by overfishing and habitat degradation. Sanctuary establishment has been scientifically proven to improve fish stock by 3 to 21 times it original biomass. Furthermore, due to the 'spill over' effect, adjacent marine areas benefit as excess fish from the reserve will migrate into these areas where fishing is allowed.
THINGS TO SEE AT THE SANCTUARY
• Corals reefs
It's important for fisherman and residents to be aware of the rules and regulations of the Fish Sanctuary. We all have a responsibility to ensure the sustainability of our fish stocks.
Breds will be responsible for managing the sanctuary along with the Long Acre Fishing Community.
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