Re-posted from the Jamaica Observer October 2, 2018
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and
Sport, Olivia Grange, has welcomed the designation by the Jamaica
National Heritage Trust (JNHT) of the Blue Lagoon in Portland as a
The JNHT — an agency of the Culture Ministry — completed the
process of declaration in August 2018 following what Grange said has
been “six decades of effort to protect the Blue Lagoon.”
“We have long recognised the importance of this national treasure
and efforts to protect it began as early as 1958. I am happy to be the
minister who has taken the process to this stage where the site is now
declared a national monument, “Grange said.
“This designation is critical to the process of preserving and
protecting the Blue Lagoon for future generations and guaranteeing
access to all Jamaicans to this natural lagoon with aesthetic and
historic value that can stand above similar sites in the hemisphere.”
The Blue Lagoon was declared a National Monument on the basis of
its aesthetic and scientific values, a release from the Culture Ministry
stated. According to the ministry, the declaration comes following the
expiration of a Preservation Notice — giving temporary legal protection
to the property — which was issued under the signature of Minister
Grange in October, 2017 and renewed in April, 2018. The declaration also
follows consultation with stakeholders on the boundaries, purpose and
effect of the declaration.
The Blue Lagoon National Monument declared area includes all
those bodies of water up to the high water mark during high and low tide
known as Unity Bay, Lime Kiln Bay and the inlet called the Blue Lagoon
which together constitutes the Controlled Area. The boundary also
includes the parochial access road known as the Blue Hole Road. It does
not include the cay called Pellew Island.
In the meantime, Grange urged the JNHT to move to conclude
consultations towards confirming the Preservation Scheme and Management
Plan for the declared area as well as to move swiftly to conclude
discussions with key government agencies regarding the sustainable
management of activities at the location.
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Thursday, May 5, 2016
I am PLEASED to READ of the recent LAUNCH OF AlligatorHead Foundation NGO- UWI supported Fish Sanctuary in the area that lies between Blue Lagoon and Trident in Portland, 6 kms of coastline. Their introductory video:
I would like to post a note of heartfelt thanks to all the people involved who supported and believed our Blue Lagoon dream, and knew the right plans would happen once local residents decided the time was right to act on our vision.
Friday, August 21, 2015
The Alligator Head Marine Lab (AHML) has been created to raise awareness of these important issues through research and public outreach, with the aim to reverse the destructive tendencies that have plagued the area, and ultimately revitalize the reefs and protect the underwater sea life, with the understanding that fishing is an integral part of seashore communities, whose lives depend on the ocean.
We need the restoration of ecosystems that support the natural food chain, and to encourage long-term development of the area with respect to environmentally friendly policy. To achieve this goal, the AHML is pursuing a long tested conservation and sustainable development program through scientific research in collaboration with The University of the West Indies (UWI), and strong community outreach with the support of PEPA (Portland Environment Protection Association), which involves education and policy making. AHML has been set up with a minimum of a 5-year commitment from Alligator Head and TBA21–Academy. It hopes to galvanize public support and to raise funds and awareness to support its programs, in order to persevere with its mission to protect, restore and preserve for generations to come." See Website here.