World Oceans Day, celebrated on June 8th, provides the perfect springboard to raise awareness of the crucial role the marine environment in safeguarding our prosperity, health and safety and the threats undermining these vital ecosystem services. This year, we’re placing the spotlight on the South Coast Marine Conservation Area (SCMCA) in St. Vincent, where partners are working together to protect and conserve coastal and marine ecosystems.

The SCMCA is a 2.2 km2 marine area between Indian Bay and Johnson Point at Canash, encompassing Young Island and Fort Duvernette. This site contains important nearshore habitats, including a representative reef ecosystem with coral, seagrass beds, and mangrove. It also includes several sea turtle and seabird/shorebird areas, as well as historical sites of cultural importance. The SCMCA is therefore not only rich in biodiversity but is also vital for supporting local fishing and tourism industries, providing employment and bolstering the socio-economic well-being of the communities within the area.

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