Sunday, August 28, 2011

Study Shows Significant Economic Value of Jamaica’s Threatened Coral Reefs
Tourism, fisheries, and shoreline protection represent just three of the many culturally and economically important services reef ecosystems provide in Jamaica, according to a MacArthur-supported report [PDF, 8 pg] by the World Resources Institute, the Nature Conservancy, the University of the West Indies’ Marine Geology Unit, and the Mona GeoInformatics Institute. The analysis showed reef-related fisheries alone contributed $34.3 million to the local economy, supported 15,000 - 20,000 fishermen, and impacted the livelihoods of more than 100,000 people island-wide. Currently, all of Jamaica’s coral reefs are under threat from overfishing, bad fishing, watershed-based pollution, coastal development, marine-based pollution, climate change, and ocean acidification. Watch the CNN video »

The MacArthur Foundation
August 3, 2011

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