Excerpt taken from Travelmole: “The decline of coral reefs and fish stocks over the past three decades has been documented in many Caribbean islands, perhaps nowhere as dramatically as Jamaica. Due to habitat destruction and over-fishing, coral cover and fisheries yields...Read More
Excerpt taken from Greenspaced Blog: “With the financial support of Virgin Holidays, The Travel Foundation the Sandals Foundation and Bluefields Bay Villas, the Bluefields Bay Fishermen’s Friendly Society has been able to manufacture marker-buoys which will clearly...Read More
Our mission is to protect the natural environment of the villages constituting the coastline of Bluefields Bay, as well as to protect the aquatic life of the Bay itself. BEPA also seeks to contribute to the health, welfare and well-being of the region’s residents.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the establishment of a separate fund for the health,education and welfare of Ria and Asha Williams — minor children of Terry Williams. The contributions received will be deductible under IRS regulations governing charitable contributions. Our condolences go to Terry’s widow Taina, and to Ria and Asha. Terry’s years of work and continuing progress on behalf of the people of Bluefields will form a fitting and lasting tribute to this unusual and insightful man.
If you wish to donate, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-703-549-5277. Donations accepted by Check, Cash, Bank Wire, or Credit Card.
Most of you all already know that BEPA supports the Bluefields Basic School. Over the past couple of years, though, this support has included the continuing education of the school’s head teacher, Joy Baker-Campbell. We are proud to announce that on 29 November 2012 Joy graduated with Upper Second Class Honours! This was her first college-level degree in education. Congratulations, Joy!
BEPA and the Westmoreland Organic Farmers Society pioneered the Bluefields Organic Agricultural Expo & Sorrel Festival at the Belmont Fishing Beach in 2011. We are looking forward to the 2nd annual Expo on Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 from 10:00am-7:00pm and Thursday, December 20th from 10:00am-12:00am!
Building on the success of last year’s exposition, the Expo will showcase organic fruits, vegetables, and products from Bluefields and across Jamaica. It will also celebrate Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence and Jamaican culture through food, crafts, and traditional music.
Bluefields Bay Managing Director A. Houston Moncure with The Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica who both attended the celebration of the signing of the contract for the new road.Bluefields Bay: Jamaican Seaside Villas Managing Director A. Houston Moncure recently met The Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica, when they both attended the celebration of the signing of the contract for a new road in Westmoreland.
We are assisting with a valuable local ecological project: the the Sea Turtle monitoring program. This Hawksbill Turtle measuring 3 ft. X 2 ft. laid over 150 eggs on May 19th, 2012, which must be protected from poaching and other dangers. As a BEPA donor, you are helping to make this happen!
Excerpt taken from The Washington Times:
“BLUEFIELDS BAY, Jamaica – Traveling from Montego Bay to Bluefields Bay, a trip of about 45 minutes, the van heads up and over the mountains while the city slips away. Suddenly everything is lush. Everywhere are trees bearing breadfruit, papaya, and mango growing alongside the spiny crowns bearing pineapples.
The land gives fruit and sustenance to the people, and that is the way it should be. If the tree is not owned by someone, its fruits are there for the taking and the roads are lined with mostly woman selling freshly harvested fruits that taste otherworldly to anything one can purchase in the grocery store.
A mango just picked at the peak of ripe, pealed and consumed roadside is very different than the one, still hard, in the grocer’s aisle.
Food is an important part of the ritual of life here in Jamaica. The people rely on the bounty of the earth and sea for the foods they eat and the foods they sell, eking out what would be, to some, a meager living.
But for the Jamaican’s it is a living. It is a life. It is.”
Excerpt taken from Caribbean Journal:
“The invasive Lionfish has spread across the Caribbean – from the Cayman Islands to Grenada.
The continued threat has led to some unusual solutions – like that of renowned Chef Michael Schwartz, whose eponymous restaurant in Grand Cayman has taken a culinary approach to combating the scourge.
Jamaica, too, is tackling the problem, with an unlikely alliance teaming up to do so — US Peace Corps, local fishers, and private Jamaica resorts like Bluefields Bay Villas are working together to see the fish’s reign come to an end.
“The lionfish is an invasive species, not native to the Caribbean. It has no local predators and its population has grown out of control,” said Patrick Marti, a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica as part of the Green Initiative Program. “They’re a voracious eater, and they’re having a devastating impact on fish populations.”
That message resonated with Andrew Moncure, general manager of Bluefields Bay Villas, whose Jamaican resort in Bluefields Bay overlooks the largest fish sanctuary in Jamaica.
“We’d seen the fish population decline in the ’80s, and we’d been financial supporters of the Bluefields Bay Fish Sanctuary, so when Patrick (Marti) approached us, we said we’d definitely help out,” Moncure said. “We want the fish population and the eco-system healthy and are naturally concerned about species protection.””
Excerpt taken from Travelmole:
“The decline of coral reefs and fish stocks over the past three decades has been documented in many Caribbean islands, perhaps nowhere as dramatically as Jamaica. Due to habitat destruction and over-fishing, coral cover and fisheries yields in the country are some of the lowest in the region, contributing significantly to the poverty and unemployment that afflicts Jamaica’s coastal communities.
As well as fishing, these towns and villages depend heavily on fishing-related economic activities, including fish processing and vending, pot stick cutting, fish pot making, boat building, and boat loading/off-loading.”
Excerpt taken from Greenspaced Blog:
“With the financial support of Virgin Holidays, The Travel Foundation the Sandals Foundation and Bluefields Bay Villas, the Bluefields Bay Fishermen’s Friendly Society has been able to manufacture marker-buoys which will clearly demarcate this 3,000-hectare reserve.
The next step will be to raise the cash for a boat and crew-member to patrol the sanctuary and enforce the no-fishing policy. Luckily, president of the society Wolde Kristos has the support of almost the entire Bluefields fishing community, which means the project is much more likely to succeed than if the sanctuary had been imposed without local support.”
Excerpt taken from The Gleaner:
“Ambassador Johnson told his 100 guests, mostly English-Speaking Union members or tourists who had stayed at Bluefields Bay Villas, how much Jamaica appreciated their generosity and how important their contribution was to the betterment of the country. Guests imbibed Jamaican rum punch, served as tropical frozen drinks, and enjoyed Jamaican smoked marlin, ackee and salt fish, callaloo and salt fish, jerked chicken wings and more.
The event was funded by sponsors Deborah and Braxton Moncure, owners of Bluefields Bay Villas and long-time supporters of Jamaican tourism. The ambassador thanked the Moncure family for its investment in Bluefields and for its charitable contributions. He noted that three hurricanes in the last five years as well as the current recession had caused major financial problems in Jamaica, but assured his listeners that the Government had programmes that could solve them.”
D. C. Moncure, B.A., M.Arch. Chair
A. H. Moncure, B.A., Vice-Chair
M. Gunst, B.A., Director
M. R. Bernal, B.A., Director
M. R. B. Moncure, M.A. (Hons), Secretary
Carmen Hibbert , Co-Treasurer
C. B. Moncure, B.A., FRSA, Co-Treasurer
R. Gadsby, B.A., Director