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Jamaica: Negril Reef Gets Major Boost


The coral reef in Negril, Westmoreland, has received a major injection with the planting of 150 pieces of coral in the Orange Bay Fish Sanctuary on International Coastal Clean-up Day (ICCD), which was observed last Friday.

With this year’s ICCD focus on restoring the coral reefs – which are being destroyed by coral disease, pollution, overfishing, and other environmental stressors – the coral planting exercise and other events, which were postponed from September 19 because of rising COVID-19 cases, fell in line.

Loureene Jones, project manager for the Integrating Water, Land and Ecosystems Management in the Caribbean Small Island Developing States, which did the project in partnership with the National Environment and Planning Agency and the Negril Area Environmental Protection Trust (NEPT), explained that they were planting two endangered corals found to survive in deep waters for many years.

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