No trans shipping Port Portland Bight Protected Area, Jamaica
You might not realize that the Hellshire Hills area is the last remaining places that the Jamaican Iguana call home. This native animal use to be pervasive all over Jamaica, and now is on the endangered species list, listed as Critically Endangered according to the IUCN Red List. The waters around this is area are also fragile and need to be watched for signs of diminishing wild life, as many species are also in danger .
There are a total of 59 "Critically Endangered" & 77 "Endangered" species within the Jamaica Island region, on the land and in the waters. Once these plants and animals are lost they are lost forever.
I urge you to reconsider plans to build the shipping port in the Portland Bight Protected Area, and reaffirm that the PBPA be aside for repopulation of the native/endemic species as a legally protected area.
There is a situation brewing in Jamaica where China wants to build a massive shipping port. The Government already set aside the Portland Bight Protected Area, the Goat Islands area and surrounding waters for protecting species. The Jamaican government did an about face and now the area is being considered for development of this huge port.
Hellshire Hills, Jamaica is the last remaining home of the critically endangered Jamaican Iguana. The Goat Islands where earmarked as a sanctuary for this species as they only live in dry limestone forests and found nowhere else in the world.
Located in the PBPA waters there are 3 critical fish sanctuaries, mangroves that act as nurseries, turtles, manatee, critically endangered corals as well as other marine life. The flora in the region is critical in preventing coastal damage due to climate change and storm surge.
I'm asking for your support to help save this species along with the 58 other critically endangered and 77 endangered species of plant and animal in the region. 20 of these species are in the PBPA!
Your voice matters.