Maritime Management - Saba Bank
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  • 1. Maritime Management Nature & Environment The case of the Saba Bank Paul Hoetjes Dept. of Environment (MINA), Directorate of Public Health, MinVSO
  • 2. Maritime Management Ordinance
    • Sovereign rights bring responsibilities
    • Sustainable management of natural resources
      • Fisheries
      • Biodiversity
  • 3. Management responsibility
    • Territorial waters
    • EEZ
  • 4.
    • Part territorial waters, part EEZ
    • Very little known
    • 1996 National Fishery Ordinance
    • Foreign requests for fishing permits
    The case of the Saba Bank
  • 5. Management requires knowledge
    • Review 1996
    • Fishery survey 1999
    • Rapid Assessment 2006
    • Hydrographic survey 2006
    • Six month fishery and biodiversity survey 2007
  • 6. Results
    • Good idea of use
    • Very rich biodiversity
    • Preliminary bottom class map
    • More robust fishery data
    • Management plan
    • PSSA proposal
    • Necessary legislation identified
  • 7. Conflicting uses
    • Very rich biodiversity
    • Important fishery area
    • Regional importance (nursery)
    • Anchoring ground for large ships
  • 8. Goals for sustainable management
    • Anchoring must stop
    • Management body necessary
    • Shipping must be monitored & controlled
    • Fishery must be monitored and adaptively regulated
    • Establish regional Conch reserve
    • Monitor coral reefs
    • More thorough study of biodiversity and fishery resources
    • Study possibilities to develop dive tourism
  • 9. Regulate international shipping
      • Territorial waters
      • Regulations prohibiting anchoring
      • Ship routing (Racon buoys)
    • For EEZ via IMO
      • PSSA Status
      • No Anchoring Areas
      • Area to be avoided (ATBA)
  • 10. Monitor international shipping
  • 11. Existing PSSAs Malpelo Island Great Barrier Reef Sabana-Camaguey Florida Keys Wadden Sea Paracas National Reserve Galapagos Saba bank?? Why PSSA
    • Sends message of importance
    • Can also include no sewage or ballast water discharge
    • Marketing tool
    Northwestern Hawaiian islands
  • 12. Monitoring and management of fishery
      • Collect data from fishermen
      • (reporting system) and report back
      • Protect Spawning Areas
      • Adaptive management together with fishermen
      • Study potential artificial lobster habitats
  • 13. Further Study
      • Provide platform for scientific research to further document species richness and ecosystems
      • Develop ‘scientific tourism’
  • 14. All done then…?
    • Urgently need staff and funding for management
    • Urgently need legislation
    • PSSA proposal needs to go to IMO