Saba National Marine Park

Saba National Marine Park

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 19:20
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Saba National Marine Park encompasses the waters and sea bed encircling the Caribbean island of Saba, from the high water mark to 200 feet in depth. In total, the marine park covers approximately 5 square miles and is managed by the Saba Conservation Foundation.

Saba National Marine Park encompasses the waters and sea bed encircling the Caribbean island of Saba, from the high water mark to 200 ft (60 m) deep. In total, the marine park covers approximately 5 sq mi (13 sq km) and is managed by the Saba Conservation Foundation.

At the time of its creation in 1987, the government passed the Marine Environment Ordinance to protect the coral reefs and other marine life within the park, not to repair a damaged environment.

A number of regulations are designed to ensure that the park's thriving aquatic life remains healthy. Zones divide the area according to acceptable uses. Commercial fishing is forbidden in certain places to prevent overfishing.

Many different marine species inhabit Saba National Marine Park. Soft corals abound. Hard corals live only in the waters on the island's east side. Types of fish found in the park include parrotfish, Atlantic blue tang, black durgon, and barracuda. Sharks and stingrays frequent certain areas. Octopus, turtles, and spiny lobster also make the park their home.