Paper 2 Module 1 Ecosystems of the Planet
The Andros West Side National Park. Created by the government in 2002 to balance long-standing traditions of the island such as sponging and fishing. It aims to promote ecotourism, conservation and recreational fishing. Developments in the National Park are strictly controlled. The North and South Marine Park. Established in 2002. These are areas of conservation where some activities or monitored or can’t take place. These activities include: fishing, mining, scuba diving, anchoring of ships and discharging of materials. Crab Replenishment Reserve. This reserve has been identified as the best land crab habitat in central Andros. This area was set aside to ensure a sustainable crap population for the future generations. Future Management Plans There are plans to establish a new National Park to the north of Andros Island at Joulter Cays. This part of the reef is well known for its fishing. It is under pressure from excessive fishing, damage from boats and marine discards (oil etc).