Coastal Zone Management for Samaná Bay: Integrating Community Needs

by Jennifer McCann, Center for Marine Conservation, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93


Samana Bay is the third most important breeding destination for migrating, endangered North Atlantic humpback whales, site of some of the largest remaining mangrove habitats in the Caribbean and the location of spectacular natural habitats for rich diversity of fauna and flora. The land surrounding the Bay is home to over 246,835 Dominicans. Principal economic activities in the Region include artist fishing, tourism, and agriculture. For most living in the area, the Bay and its watershed are being eroded, and acres of mangroves are being cleared. At the same time, no long-term plans for management of the Bay have been developed ensuring that this destruction will continue if nothing is done.

Subject Headings: Bays | Coastal management | Resource management | Economic factors | Water-based recreation | Tourism | Agriculture | Watersheds | Dominican Republic | Caribbean

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