Man O War Shoal 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 The NAFSXM website was being updated throughout 2013. The NAFSXM Facebook page had 820 friends at the end of 2011 and 1072 friends at the end of 2012 and 1838 in 2013. Time was spent designing and producing dive tags for the marine park Nature Foundation staff carry out a range of activities to communicate with stakeholders, educate and disseminate information. Annually this includes; +/-70 press releases on a variety of topics including the MPA, law enforcement, lionfish and research activity, all as a part of the manager continuing to improve contact with the press. NAFSXM has it’s own radio show called ‘Nature Watch’ on Fridays between 10 and 11 a.m., where recordings are made in the field about the work done by park staff. Several appearances by the manager on the television, each for an hour. Presentations to a variety of audiences, including, local, regional and international NGO's, Parliament, the council of ministers, hospitality and trade associations, the marine associations, and a religious groups. Tours of the MPA are also given to audiences as varied as; Royal dignitaries, Dutch Caribbean Governors, the St Maarten Governor, Harbour personnel, Airport personnel, visiting film groups, raffle winners and four school groups. Signage is placed at significant points disseminating information about nesting, although this is not specifically in the MOWSMP.
Capacity building of staff and management yes Every year the staff of Nature Foundation St Maarten take part in capacity building workshops and meetings. For example, in 2013, the manager took part in one DCNA board meeting, on Bonaire, an education workshop, Bonaire, the IMPAC meeting in Marseille, a marine mammals meeting St. Martin and mooring training for the installation of helix moorings on Saba.
Research, data storage, and analysis yes Nature foundation St Maarten carries out it's own research and analysis when the need and capacity is sufficient. Data from monitoring programmes are also contributed to international databases. Other NGO's and researchers occasionally carry out work in the MPA and their work is stored centrally by Nature Foundation staff. More recently The DCNA has instigated a central database for the storage of all monitoring and research outputs.
Surveillance and enforcement yes There were five patrols throughout the week, including weekends. During the day, the patrols last for up to four hours and include some maintenance on boat moorings, lines and pick ups. Patrols also take place at sunrise, sunset and during the night for two hours to gather information on shark poaching. There were three weekly beach patrols, each for three hours throughout the 36 week turtle nesting season from the end of March to the beginning of November. The turtle hotline is also a facility for members of the public to get in touch if they see any nesting activity.
Participation of exterior users yes As part of management planning, extensive stakeholder consultations were carried out. These will be repeated as necessary with a professionally designed process, when planning commences again in 2014. During the interim, staff have met with users as required and communicated through a variety of media (see above).
Alternative and sustainable livelihoods no
Adaptative management yes The DCNA Management Success Project aims to provide detailed information on the successes and challenges of each park in the Dutch Caribbean (including MOWSMP), including the external environment (context), issues and threats and the park operational management. Management planning will hopefully take place at some point in 2014/15, when capacity allows. The monitoring of activity through the Management Success Project, and management planning will facilitate management that can be adapted to fit with current threats and capacities.