Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Life Sciences
Port Royal as a focal point for marine biodiversity in Jamaica
Jamaican journal of science and technology
Date of Publication
A specially protected area, The Port Royal and Palisadoes Protected Area, was gazetted in October 1998, to provide protection for both the biological and archaeological heritage which exists in the environs of Port Royal. A previous synthesis of the biological heritage, completed just prior to delaration of the protected area, is considered not to have captured all the historical information gathered by researchers at two marine laboratories, one at Port Henderson in the late 19th century and the other at Port Royal from 1955 to present. This literature is reviewed and it is shown that thate is a species rich diversity of plants and animals in the marine environment around Port Royal. It is also shown that Port Royal is the type locality for at least 47 species of marine invertebrate animal. Jamaica is a signatory to the UN Convention on Biodiversity which binds the State to document and conserve its biological diversity. It is suggested that in keeping with this mandate an attempt should be made to create a National Database on Marine Biodiversity, bearing in mind that such a database might ultimately have to accommodate over one million entries.....