Saba Bank National Park

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f - Clarify if some species/habitats listed in section III are the subject of more management/recovery/protection measures than others


Marine / costal / terrestrial ecosystems Management measures Protection measures Recovery measures Comments/description of measures
Mangroves no no no
Coral no no no
Sea grass beds no no no
Wetlands no no no
Forests no no no
Others no no no



Species from SPAW Annex 2 present in your area Management measures Protection measures Recovery measures Comments/description of measures
Birds: Hydrobates pelagicus no no no
Birds: Puffinus lherminieri no no no
Birds: Sterna antillarum antillarum no no no
Birds: Sterna dougallii dougallii no no no
Mammals: Megaptera novaeangliae no no no
Mammals: Physeter macrocephalus no no no
Mammals: Globicephala macrorhynchus no no no
Mammals: Stenella frontalis no no no
Mammals: Stenella longirostris no no no
Mammals: Stenella clymene no no no
Mammals: Tursiops truncatus no no no
Mammals: Stenella coeruleoalba no no no
Species from SPAW Annex 3 present in your area Management measures Protection measures Recovery measures Comments/description of measures
Hydrozoa: Milleporidae no no no
Hydrozoa: Stylasteridae no no no
Anthozoa : Antipatharia no no no
Anthozoa : Gorgonacea no no no
Anthozoa : Scleractinia no no no
Molluscs: Strombus gigas no no no
Crustaceans: Panulirus argus no no no

g - Describe how the protected area is integrated within the country’s larger planning framework (if applicable)

Saba Bank National Park management forms part of the management of the marine bioidiversity and fisheriesof the EEZ by the EEZ Committee. The Saba Bank Management Unit reports to the EEZ committee.

The EEZ management is part of the Nature Policy Plan of the Caribbean Netherlands which is currently being drafted for completion before the end of 2012

h - Zoning, if applicable, and the basic regulations applied to the zones (attach in Annex a copy of the zoning map)

Name Basic regulation applied to the zone
No anchoring Anchoring by ships other than fishing boats with a permit for fishing on the Saba Bank is prohibited
Comments, if necessary

Area to be avoided (ATBA) requested from IMO as part of the PSSA proposal to IMO. This is expected to be granted in 2013

i - Enforcement measures and policies

Coast Guard and Saba Bank Management Unit patrol the bank

j - International status and dates of designation (e.g. Biosphere Reserve, Ramsar Site, Significant Bird Area, etc.)

International status Date of designation
Biosphere reserve no
Ramsar site no
Significant bird area no
World heritage site (UNESCO) no
Others: IMO PSSA no
PSSA status expected in 2013

k - Site’s contribution to local sustainable development measures or related plans

not specified

l - Available management resources for the area

Ressources How many/how much Comments/description
Human ressources Permanent staff 2 partner IMARES commisoned by the Ministry of EL&I provides researchers and expertise for monitoring and research work on the Saba Bank
Volunteers 2
Partners 1
Physical ressources Equipments boat 38 ft in board diesel engine dive equipment 2 Computers
Infrastructures office space
Financial ressources Present sources of funding Ministry of EL&I
Sources expected in the future
Annual budget (USD) 100

Conclusion Describe how the management framework outlined above is adequate to achieve the ecological and socio-economic objectives that were established for the site (Guidelines and Criteria Section C/V).

The management framework as described above allows for co-management of the fisheries in the Saba Bank National Park with the fishermen to ensure sustainability, supported by monitoring of the fisheries landings in the harbor, and backed up by enforcement by the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard and routine surveillance on the Bank by the Saba Bank Management Unit using the Saba Bank patrol boat. Surveillance on the Bank will also be used to monitor coral reefs, fish and lobster, to locate and retrieve lost traps, and to survey for marine mammals and sea birds, using the help of volunteers and researchers.

Regulation of the fisheries will ensure sustainability of lobster stocks, moratorium on conch fishing will allow full restoration of the conch populations.

The anchoring prohibition and enforcement by Coast Guard will prevent further scarring of the bottom by VLCC tanker anchors and chains and will allow natural recovery of the bottom