WINDALCO signs agreement to fund artificial reef project
The West Indies Alumina Company (WINDALCO) has signed an agreement with the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation to fund an artificial reef project at the Three Bays Fish Sanctuary in the Portland Bight Protected Area.
The deal is worth $9.5 million.
Executive director of the foundation, Ingrid Parchment welcomed WINDALCO’s assistance, saying overfishing and reef degradation are major concerns as a result of climate change and other factors.
Miss Parchment says the project will enhance the livelihood of the fishermen in the area with the expected increase in Jamaica’s fish stock.
WINDALCO’s sponsorship will be used to finance boundary demarcation, installation of a coral nursery, the purchase of materials for and construction of bio-reef units as well as monitoring and maintenance activities.
Manager for the environment, health and safety at WINDALCO, Alicia Burnett says the project will be implemented in three phases.