The Anguilla National Trust has received funding from the European Union to help restore the Little Bay Marine Park as a habitat for the Caribbean spiny lobster:
The European Union’s Voluntary Scheme for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of European Overseas (BEST) recently confirmed €100,000 in project funding to the Anguilla National Trust (ANT). The grant will be used over 12 months to support the restoration and enhancement of Little Bay Marine Park
The project, while led by the ANT, will be implemented in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources and focuses on creating habitat for the Caribbean spiny lobster with the Little Bay Marine Park. Funding will support the creation of lobster houses, also called lobster casitas. These casitas will act as habitat and sanctuary spaces for these commercially and ecologically important species as well as other nearshore and coral reef fish species. Over time, spill-over effects, with the movement of lobster and other marine species as well as their eggs moving outside of the protected Little Bay waters, are expected and will further enhance Anguilla’s fishing industry. The lobster casitas will also serve as the main feature of a snorkel trail within the Marine Park.
Find out more at the Trust’s Facebook page.
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