Co-management Economic Solutions for Marine Protected Area in Punta Cana: a Study of Key Players and Potential Partnerships in Conserving the Coastal Marine Ecosystem

  • Jahza Reytai Khoo Klochko University of Florida
  • Brendan Francis University of Florida
Keywords: marine biology, marine conservation, marine protected area, sustainable development

Abstract

A comprehensive research study of Cabeza de Toro and Punta Cana’s fishing and tourism industries reveal viability of economic solutions between the hospitality industry, fishermen, and the government to reduce practices harmful to the coastal marine ecosystem.  Recent research studies of Punta Cana and Cabeza de Toro’s coastal marine ecosystem demonstrate diminishing coral coverage and reduced fish populations.  Causes for the decline of the coastal marine ecosystem include overfishing, illegal fishing of species conducive to coral health, and the destruction of mangrove sanctuaries.  By methods of survey and in-person interview, researchers gathered data on over 20% of Cabeza de Toro’s fisherman population with the intent of further developing a co-management plan for the recently established marine protected area.  Data collection included qualitative and quantitative research into income and livelihoods of Cabeza de Toro fishermen, fishing practices, interest in alternative work opportunities, and strength of social responsibility and environmental beliefs.  Findings demonstrate that viable economic applications exist in forging partnerships between fishermen, the tourism and hospitality industries, and the local

Author Biographies

Jahza Reytai Khoo Klochko, University of Florida
Major: Construction Management
Brendan Francis, University of Florida

Major: Sociology

Minor: 

References

Avery, H. (2018, June 5). Blue finance: Why marine PPPs could be a win-win-win. Retrieved March 19, 2019, from https://www.euromoney.com/article/b18hg7vjwmy9hn/blue-finance-why-marine-ppps-could-be-a-win-win-win

Brandt, M., Cooper, W., & Polsenberg, J. (2003). Results of a coral reef survey of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, with comparisons to past studies and other Caribbean reefs. The National Center for Caribbean Coral Reef Research. Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Florida

Burr, S. (2001). Status of the reef at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: Preliminary survey and observations. Cornell University.

Steneck, R. S., Ph.D., & Torres, R. E., Ph.D. (2015). El estado de los arrecifes de coral de la República Dominicana. Fundación PROPA-GAS.

Published
2019-12-02