Mission

Conserving and restoring the coastal resources of Montego Bay for the maximum sustainable benefit to traditional users, the community and the nation – the Montego Bay Marine Park Trust provides effective programmes for public education, financial support, monitoring and interpretive enforcement.

Conserving and restoring the coastal resources of Montego Bay for the maximum sustainable benefit to traditional users, the community and the nation – the Montego Bay Marine Park Trust provides effective programmes for public education, financial support, monitoring and interpretive enforcement.

As the local steward of public protected areas, the Trust maintains collaborative partnerships with the Government of Jamaica, including the National Environment and Planning Authority (NEPA) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.  
This partnership is cemented through Memoranda of Understanding and guided by annual work plans that help align the Trust’s work with national objectives and international treaties.  These agreements also serve as the basis for the Trust’s formal appointment as Marine Park and Fish Sanctuary Manager.

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marine protected areas

Montego Bay is the proud host of three Marine Protected Areas (MPAs): the Montego Bay Marine Park, the Bogue Island Lagoon Special Fishery Conservation Area (Bogue Lagoon) and the Montego Bay Marine Park Special Fishery Conservation Area (Airport Point).  These areas encompass over 15 square kilometers of mixed use coast habitat, and benefit from comprehensive legal protection that regulates acceptable use.  At their heart, these MPAs seek to balance the social and economic needs of the community while safeguarding precious national resources for future generations.  Administered by the National Environmental Protection Agency and the Fisheries Division, these resources are managed on a day-to-day basis by the Montego Bay Marine Park Trust.



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The Montego Bay Marine Park

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The Montego Bay Marine Park encompasses nearly 16 square kilometers of mixed-use marine protected area (MPA), which serves as the backbone of Montego Bay’s economy and boasts over 20 kilometers of shoreline, including coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove ecosystems.  The park is governed in accordance with a zoning plan, which is available here.

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Special Fishery Conservation Area

Bogue Island Lagoon

Established in 1979, the Bogue Lagoon Fish Sanctuary (now a Special Fishery Conservation Area), was one of Jamaica’s first fish sanctuaries.  Initially established as a Game Reserve, the Bogue Lagoon continues to serve as a critical nursery for juvenile fish and crustaceans in the Montego Bay area.

Special Fishery Conservation Area

Airport Point

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Established in 2009, the Airport Point Fish Sanctuary was specifically designed to reduce fishing encroachment in the eastern reaches of the park and laid the ground work for the introduction of the EcoReef restoration project.

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Glass Bottom Boat Tour

$ 25.00 USD

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Research Tour

$ 45.00 USD

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Snorkel Tour

$ 35.00 USD

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