Conservation & Fisheries Department - Parks & Protected Areas
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The most successful aspect of the Marine Park and or Protected Area Management System in the BVI is the Wreck of the Rhone Marine Park. The Park was declared in 1980 and its basis is the Marine Parks and Protected Areas Ordinance of 1979. In 1991, regulations governing Marine Parks and Protected Areas were published and addressed a number of usage issues. They include anchoring at the Rhone Marine Park, speed limits, underwater filming, issuing of permits to use moorings, and the collections of mooring permit fees.

Parks and Protected Areas are essential in the BVI to conserve our pristine and historical areas. Parks and Protected Areas also make significant contributions to education, scientific research, tourism activity management as well as marine and terrestrial conservation.
The most successful aspect of the Marine Park and or Protected Area Management System in the BVI is the Wreck of the Rhone Marine Park. The Park was declared in 1980 and its basis is the Marine Parks and Protected Areas Ordinance of 1979. In 1991, regulations governing Marine Parks and Protected Areas were published and addressed a number of usage issues. They include anchoring at the Rhone Marine Park, speed limits, underwater filming, issuing of permits to use moorings, and the collections of mooring permit fees.
In order to protect our deep water and reef fisheries, the Conservation and Fisheries Department passed Legislation to protect certain marine areas around the BVI from any or no fishing activities. These areas are termed as Fishing Priority Areas and Fisheries Protected Areas better known as Marine Protected Areas.

Fisheries Priority Areas are designated locations set aside for registered and licensed vessels and persons to engage in Fishing Activities.
In these areas the following activities are prohibited:
* Anchorage for any vessel except in the event of a natural disaster, in case of an
 emergency or such other act of God would render the yacht or vessel un-seaworthy.
* Any recreational activity (except snorkelling) except with the prior written permission of the Chief Conservation & Fisheries Officer.
* Construct or erect, or cause to be built any building or structure on, over or under any waters in any fishing priority areas declared as such by the Minister by notice in the Gazette.
Some Fishing Priority Areas include:
(designated under the NPT’s Parks & Protected Areas Systems Plan)
* Beef Island Creek
* Benous Bay, Norman Island
* Frenchman’s Cay, West End
* Great Camano
* Guana Island
* The Bite, Great Harbour, Peter Island
* The Bite, Norman Island

Marine Protected Areas or Fisheries Protected areas are marine reserves which serve to protect and preserve breeding grounds and habitats of aquatic life. They allow regeneration of aquatic life.
In these areas the following activities are prohibited:
* Any harvesting or marine animals or marine life.
* Anchorage or mooring for any vessel except in the event of a natural disaster, in case of an emergency or such other act of God would render the yacht or vessel un-seaworthy.
* Any recreational activity (except snorkelling) except with the prior written permission of the Chief Conservation & Fisheries Officer.
* Carry out any development activity, whether terrestrial or otherwise, which may or is likely to adversely impact on a marine protected area declared as such by the Minister by notice in the Gazette.

Marine Protected Areas include:
* Beef Island Creek
* Big Reef, Peter Island
* Dead Chest
* Frenchman’s Cay
* Green Cay, Jost Van Dyke
* Hans Creek, Beef Island
* Horse Shoe Reef
* Money Bay, Santa Monica Rock, South West of Norman Island.
* North Bay, Guana Island
* South Sound, Salt Island
* South Sound, Taylors Bay to Copper Mine Bay, Virgin Gorda
* The Sound & Wedges Bay, Ginger Island
 
Forest Parks:
Forest Parks of the British Virgin Islands are Sage Mountain and Gorda Peak. Sage Mountain is located on Tortola. It is the highest peak (1,780 feet) in the British Virgin Islands. Gorda Peak national Park is located on Virgin Gorda with a height of 1000 feet.

Bird Sanctuaries:
Some Bird Santuaries in the Brisith Virgin Islands include:
* Cockroach Island
* Cooper Island
* Dead Chest
* Fallen Jerusalem Island
* Flamingo Pond, Anegada
* George Dog Island
* Ginger Island
* Great Dog Island
* Great Tobago Island
* Little Tobago Island
* Mosquito Island
* Necker Island
* Peter Island
* Prickly Pear Island
* Round Rock Island
* Saba Island
* Salt Island
* St. Eustatia
* The Seal Dogs
Other Areas
* Devil's Bay, Virgin Gorda
* Fort Point
* Spring Bay, Virgin Gorda
* West Dog Island
* Mount Healthy Windmill, Tortola
  

 

 

 
 

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