The marine environment is critical to Grenada’s economy and closely linked to the island’s income generating tourism sector. Grenada’s tri-island ocean state is not just a hub of maritime activity, but also home to unique marine biodiversity .To ensure the sustainability of the island’s marine resources and the many benefits they provide, the Government of Grenada has committed to conserving 25% of its near shore marine space as part the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI)
Grenada’s Marine Protected Network spans its three islands and includes three established MPAs managed in close collaboration with the Ministry of Fisheries, the island’s MPA Management Committee and community stakeholders with support from The Nature Conservancy. The underwater sculpture garden found embedded on Grenada’s west coast within the Moliniere-Beausejour Marine Protected Area is listed as one of the top 25 wonders of the world by National Geographic.
To the north of the island is Kick ‘Em Jenny one of the few active underwater volcanoes in the Caribbean. In November 2013, Dr. Robert Ballard and his Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) team together with University of the West Indies discovered unique giant mussels and tube worms in cold seeps at 6,000ft below the sea surface. This unexpected discovery has marked Grenada as a potential global deep sea ocean exploration site for discovery of new and unique genetic marine species.
With the support of the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Government, Grenada has prepared a coastal master plan and blue growth investment prospectus to be launched during Blue Week 2016. (Download)
Launch of Blue Week, Blue Grenada, emphasizes the opportunities for realizing Blue Growth and Food Security in Grenada. Organized by the Government of Grenada.
“In addition to tourism, conserving our marine environment will form the ongoing basis of our economy. Grenada wants to become a leading example for the blue economy.”