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Alligator Head Foundation

The Alligator Head Foundation (AHF) focuses on Science, Art and Community–a collaborative approach to protecting fish stocks, restoring habitats, and regenerating local economies. Their team identifies and delivers innovative solutions to strengthen national, regional and global policy for ecosystem resilience and adaptation to climate change. This is pursued through a community driven commitment to working towards fish-filled seas, abundant reefs and thriving communities.

AHF will form the Secretariat for the System of Fish Sanctuaries in Jamaica, which will coordinate and share best practices, joint funding proposals and document successes. In an effort to provide a scientific basis for this form of management, the AHF will collaborate with the University of the West Indies, focusing a major part of the Research Programme at the Alligator Head Marine Lab on the fish sanctuaries within the Secretariat’s portfolio.

2018 -2020

The support of the Jamaica Conservation Partners enabled the Alligator Head Foundation (AHF) to implement a system-wide approach with the various fish sanctuary Managers.

Fish sanctuaries in Jamaica (including those at the Pedro Cays) are not managed as a system, with the exception of those that have coordinated practices by way of their shared manager. Additionally, many sanctuaries do not measure the performance and improvement of fish stock on a regular basis. Given that these sanctuaries function ecologically as a system, a coordinated approach to management served to ensure their overall viability and performance.

The Alligator Head Foundation worked closely with the various Managers and the Fisheries Division to develop system-wide project proposals that had greater impact and served to bring the management of these sanctuaries from the local-area management, to system-wide management. This was done with the hope that there would be improvement in the financial sustainability for the sanctuaries.

The Alligator Head Foundation also documented and shared the findings from the ecological surveys of the sanctuaries, which could then be used to demonstrate the effectiveness of conservation towards fisheries’ management.


To learn more about the Alligator Head Foundation, please use the following links:

Website: http://www.alligatorheadfoundation.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Alligator-Head-Foundation-820759388052644/

All donations are managed by the board of trustees of the C.B. Facey Foundation and the Jamaica Conservation Partners.

All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Friends in the United States will also receive tax-deductible benefits by making a donation through the American Friends of Jamaica website payable to the Friends of The C.B. Facey Foundation.