St Eustatius National Marine Park

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Describe the mechanisms and programmes that are in place in regard to each of the following management tools in the nominated site (fill only the fields that are relevant for your site)

Management tools Existing Mechanisms and programmes in place Comments (if any)
Public awareness, education, and information dissemination programmes yes Via an education officer, Monthly school visits, weekly after school programs, summer club sessions, quarterly newsletter, nature themed events, regular articles in regional newspaper and regular updates on Facebook page. Also dynamic easy to navigate website. Seeking funding for television program highlighting work of the rangers and nature on St Eustatius
Capacity building of staff and management yes The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) sponsors some staff exchanges. Funded attendance to workshops on nearby islands. Visiting researchers train staff that assists them on their project to continue fieldwork in their absence. Funded attendance to international conferences by staff. Online diploma programs. Upgrading is essential and the Park is constantly on the lookout for cost effective trainings for staff
Research, data storage, and analysis yes There are ongoing research and monitoring programs for which all staff is qualified for data collection. Data entry and report writing is done by rangers and MP manager and reviewed by the Director. A data analyses workshop is scheduled for this year for upgrading of staff
Surveillance and enforcement yes There are regular patrols due to a daily presence on the water. There is close cooperation with the Dutch Coast Guard and even some cooperation with the coast guard from St Kitts.
Participation of exterior users yes Neighboring sister island researchers and Park staff will at times come to the island for training in the Marine Park in areas where we on St Eustatius have more experience such as conch and lobster drop camera surveys
Alternative and sustainable livelihoods yes There is the occurrence of small scale artisanal fishing within the marine Park, also small scale whelk collection.
Adaptative management yes The Park is constantly adapting and changing as the local situation changes. Regulations are not set in stone and can be revised if it is in the best interest of conservation. Within short work will commence on the strengthening of Park regulations and there will be revisions made to some.