Soufriere, Canaries and Anse la Raye and Canaris Marine Managed Area/ St. Lucia (SMMA/CAMMA)

A collaborative and participatory process over an eighteen month period, among multiple stakeholders, led to the official establishment of the Soufriere Marine Management Area (SMMA) in July 1995. As a result of this process, an 11 km-length area of coastline was apportioned into several zones, catering to the various users and uses.

The CATS Programme supports the SMMA/CAMMA not only in re-consolidating its day-to-day operations along an SMMA/CAMMA Management Plan, but also in increasing its financial sustainability and legal and organisational anchoring in the Saint Lucian national framework for MMA management.

Currently, the SMMA as part of the larger SMMA/CAMMA is delineated into several management (use) zones. A full delineation of management zones for the entire area is still pending. The SMMA management zones are delineated as listed below:

  1. Marine Reserves: These areas are declared for the purpose of protecting the natural resources they contain. No extractive activity is allowed. Entry into a Reserve (for diving, snorkelling, or research) is by permit and for a fee.
  2. Fishing Priority Areas: These areas are declared for the purpose of maintaining and sustaining fishing activities, which take precedence over any other use of the area.
  3. Recreational Areas: These are terrestrial (beaches) and marine (swimming and snorkelling) areas, which are reserved for public access and recreation. Public access must be maintained.
  4. Multiple Use Areas: In these zones, fishing, diving, snorkeling, and other legitimate uses are allowed, as long as the general rules of the SMMA and other national regulations are observed.
  5. Yacht Mooring Sites: Specific areas are designated to facilitate pleasure boats and yachts, without damaging bottom substrate, such as coral reefs and seagrass beds. A coral conservation fee is charged for the use of the moorings.
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In addition to supporting the general consolidation of managerial capacities with the Soufriere Marine Management Assocciation, Inc. (SMMA, designated SMMA/CAMMA management entity under Department of Fisheries), the CATS Programme assists the SMMA/CAMMA with the following:

  • Revision and Amendment of the SMMA/CAMMA Management Plan and SMMA/CAMMA Operations Plan
  • Development and Implementation of the SMMA Communication Strategy
  • Procurement 4x4 Vehicle to SMMA Inc.
  • Renewal and repair of SMMA and CAMMA mooring (including super-yacht mooring) and marker buoys
  • Restoration, Repairs and Provision of Furniture at SMMA/ CAMMA Office and Visitor Centre in Soufriere
  • Computer Equipment and Software
  • Eleven Sets of Dive Equipment
  • Safety and VHF Equipment to Office, Boat and Vehicle
  • Book Keeping Course and Book Keeping System Installation
  • Review and Strategic Action Planning for Changes and Amendments of the National Legal and Organisational Framework for Sustainable Management of Marine Reserves in Saint Lucia
  • Wide Range of Capacity Buildings and Trainings related to MMA Management and Operations
Related posts and updates on recent activities:
  • CATS on TV: What's Happening Now - With Laura
    • 10/22/2018 4:51:39 PM
    On October 16th, 2018, the CATS programme took part in the Saint Lucian TV talk show "What's happening now - with Laura". Our CATS colleague Dr. Camille David, expert for coastal and marine systems, discussed with several stakeholders from the Soufriere Watershed in Saint Lucia, how sustainable management and development of a watershed can be achieved. Alongside Dr. David, important partners to the CATS programme were on the show, such as the GEF UNDP Small Grants Programme , IWEco, Fruitage Jeu...
  • New Intervention brochures published by CATS
    • 7/5/2017 3:08:56 PM
    CATS interventions in Saint Vincent Kingstown watershed and marine ecosystem. CATS interventions in Saint Lucia Soufriere watershed and marine ecosystem. CATS interventions in Dominica Soufriere watershed and marine ecosystem. CATS interventions in Grenada Beausejour-Molinaire watershed and marine ecosystem. CATS interventions in St. Kitts and Nevis.  
  • Anse Chastanet/Jade Mountain, Ministry of Agriculture and the CATS Programme partner for Sustainable Livelihoods in Soufriere through Mushroom Cultivation Training
    • 5/4/2017 7:07:02 AM
    Participants learn various skills associated with mushroom cultivation and pure culture During the week of March 6th 2017, Nick Troubetzkoy’s Emerald Farm of Jade Mountain/Anse Chastanet  hosted a training for farmers in Mushroom Cultivation.  This initiative was birthed during discussions of the Emerald Farm Manager, Dr. Pawan Srivastava, with project partners, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Caribbean Aqua-Terrestrial Solutions (CATS) Programme which is implemented jointly by the Ger...
    • 6/2/2015 9:36:44 PM
    Underwater Transect Analysis Training CATS2 February - April 2014The aim of this succession of five CATS2-supported National REEF Check Training and Certification Courses was to build capacity in underwater monitoring of coral reefs in five (5) Marine Managed Areas (MMA) in Dominica (DOM), Grenada (GDA), Saint Kitts and Nevis (SKN), Saint Lucia (SLU), and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). CATS2 and its partner institutions in the countries realised and acknowledged that improved susta...
    • 6/2/2015 6:24:33 PM
    ... what a title National Policy Conferences on the Strategic Action Plans for the Improvement of the National Legal and Organisational Frameworks (SAP-LOF) for the Sustainable Management of Marine Managed Areas In short: National SAP-LOF Conferences. GDA SAP-LOF Conference Opening Saint Kitts and Nevis - 14th April 2015Dominica - 30th April 20157th May 2015 - GrenadaSaint Lucia - 12th May 2015Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - 19th May 2015As a crucial step in the process towards developin...
    • 6/2/2015 5:00:46 PM
    16-21 June 2014 CATS 2 Workshop Participants from MMA all over the CARICOM Region The successful workshop initiated the preparation of the MMA Management Plans, the cornerstone of sustainable financial management and an important milestone in the operational plans of each country MMA. CATS 2 Workshop on Sustainable Financial Management of MMAs The workshop was attended by 35 participants from the MMAs in the 5 countries and partner organisations closely involved marine resource managem...
Useful Resources
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ST_Lucia_Map 1_SMMA Boundaries and Zoning including PMA
SMMA - Boundaries and Zoning including PMA
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ST_Lucia_Map 2_SMMA_Marine ecosystems & natural resources
SMMA - Marine Ecosystems / Natural Resources
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ST_Lucia_Map 3_SMMA_Land infrastructure
SMMA - Land Infrastructure
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ST_Lucia_Map 4_SMMA_Land-base sources of pollution based on Environmental Risk Surface model
SMMA - Land-base Sources of Pollution based on Environmental Risk Surface Model
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