Draft Zoning Plan

Please provide feedback to the Blue Halo Montserrat Steering Committee on the latest draft ocean zoning plan. 

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Option 5 - Draft Zoning Plan (March 2018)

Option 5 - Draft Zoning Plan (March 2018)
The Blue Halo Montserrat Steering Committee met on March 20, 2018, and developed the above Draft Zoning Option 5 which combines elements developed by the steering committee and suggestions derived from public over the 12 months.

The Steering Committee is now seeking public comment on Option 5. Here are some essential features of this plan:
  • Percent area within reserves: 32.5% of Montserrat waters.
  • Percent area in no take reserves: 5.7%
  • Percent area in partial take reserves (allowing trolling): 27%
  • 10% no-take protection goal is met for all habitats except Algal Reef (Hard Bottom).
Additional notes:
  • The artificial reef near Isles Bay and Fox's Bay anchorages will disallow fishing and therefore it is classified as no-take.
  • The boundaries between the Western No-Take and Partial-Take Zones has been drawn straight to improve enforceability. There was a recommendation to place buoys on the northern and southern boundaries so that fishers / enforcement officers know when they are in/out of the no-take and partial take reserves.
  • After careful consideration of the Rendezvous area, it was decided that this should be included in the no-take area as defined by the attached collection of sketches.

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* 1. Overall, do you believe this zoning proposal will be good for Montserrat?

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* 2. Please provide general comments about the proposed zoning plan:

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Option 5 Draft Zoning Proposal (repeated for reference)

Option 5 Draft Zoning Proposal (repeated for reference)

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* 3. Would you like to make suggestions for changing the boundaries of any of the proposed zones? Is the zone too small or too large? Comment below, or visit SeaSketch to map out your ideas.

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* 4. Do you have any questions for the Blue Halo Steering Committee about how they chose these zones in the final proposal?

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* 5. If you would like, please provide your name and contact information below. 

To view and comment on the plan in SeaSketch using a laptop or desktop computer, visit this link.

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