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NATURE RESERVES, SANCTUARIES AND NATIONAL PARKS

Our National Parks are protected under the law in the Turks and Caicos Islands National Park Ordinance (1989). This ordinance establishes regulations for four different categories of Protected Area:

National Park: Ecosystem and biological conservation with recreation as a primary secondary goal.

Nature Reserve: Ecosystem and biological conservation with recreation as a low-key secondary goal

Sanctuary: For the protection of the natural ecology, or animal or plant, and the avoidance of disturbance of the area by people.

Area of Historic Interest: For the purpose of protecting an area or object of historical interest.

For further and more detailed information regarding the protected area of the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands environment please visit the website for the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources

CAICOS BANKS

Turtle, Coral Gardens Reef

 

 

Stingray, Coral Gardens Reef

 

 

Brain Coral, the Bight Reef

 

 

Yellow Tail , Bight Reef

 

 

Squid, Bight Reef

French, Bush and Seal Cays Sanctuary
Molasses Reef Wreck Area of Historical Interest
Little Ambergris Cay Proposed Nature Reserve
GRAND TURK
Columbus Landfall Marine National Park
Grand Turk Cays Land and Sea National Park:
(Gibbs, Penniston, Martin , Alonza, Pinzon, Cays)
South Creek National Park
Long Cay Sanctuary
MIDDLE CAICOS
Conch Bar Caves National Park
Vine Point (Man O’ War Bush) and Ocean Hole Nature Reserve
NORTH CAICOS
East Bay Islands National Park
Fort George Land and Sea National Park
Cottage Pond Nature Reserve
Dick Hill Creek and Bellefield Landing Pond Nature Reserve
Pumpkin Bluff Pond Nature Reserve
Three Mary Cays Sanctuary
Fort George Area of Historical Interest
Wades Green Proposed Area of Historical Interest
NORTH, MIDDLE AND EAST CAICOS
North, Middle and East Caicos Nature Reserve
(International Ramsar Site)
PROVIDENCIALES
Chalk Sound National Park
North West Point Marine National Park
Princess Alexandra Land and Sea National Park
North West Point Pond Nature Reserve
Pigeon Pond and Frenchman’s Creek Nature Reserve
Princess Alexandra Nature Reserve
Cheshire Hall Area of Historical Interest
Sapodilla Hill Area of Historical Interest
SALT CAY
Big Sand Cay Sanctuary
H.M.S. Endymion Wreck Area of Historical Interest
Salt Cay Area of Historical Interest
SOUTH CAICOS
Admiral Cockburn Land and Sea National Park
Admiral Cockburn Nature Reserve
(Long Cay, Six Hill Cays, Middleton Cay)
Bell Sound Nature Reserve
Boiling Hole Area of Historical Interest
East Harbour Conch and Lobster Reserve
WEST CAICOS
West Caicos Marine National Park
Lake Catherine Nature Reserve

 

Flamingo, Flamingo Lake, Providenciales, courtesy of Harbour Club Villas,  harbourclub@tciway.tc TURKS AND CAICOS NATIONAL TRUST
The Turks & Caicos National Trust is a membership, non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to the preservation of the cultural, historic and natural heritage of the Turks & Caicos Islands. Founded in 1992 after some enabling legislation by the TCI Government. The Turks & Caicos National Trust is governed by an elected Council which includes representatives from all islands in the TCI. Further information the projects of the Turks and Caicos National Trust is found on their site www.nationaltrust.tc

Turks & Caicos Conch

Read about local Turks and Caicos Islands conch and the Caicos Conch Farm, the only one of its kind on the island of Providenciales.


CORAL REEFS

There is a movement toward creating artificial coral reefs in the waters of Grace Bay, Providenciales. Pictured here is a newer one placed in the Bight. These protective homes for juvenile fish are also seen at Smith's Reef, just outside of Turtle Cove and at the snorkel site in front of Coral Gardens, also known as the "snorkel trails".  Below is an explanation of artificial reefs and some links that offer ideas on how you can become involved in restoring coral reefs.

REEF RELIEF
By Marsha Pardee Woodring
The Islands of the Turks & Caicos are often described as a brilliant chain of pearls scattered in an endless sea. It is true that these lustrous isles appear luminescent from afar, but it's the setting that adds sparkle to these gems. Framed with a fringing lace of reefs submerged in emerald colored seas, the surroundings set the stage for the splendor of these jewels. To read on click here.

WHY BUILD REEFS?

reef ballsMan's activities and natural disasters have led to a reductions in our natural reef systems. Recreationally, growth in sports fishing, scuba diving, and boating has increased the pressures on these systems. Commercially, our seafood industry is dependent on developing the ocean to enable ever larger, yet sustainable, harvests. The loss of our natural systems, coupled with increased use, compels us to do everything we can to save natural reefs. Even so, the natural reefs cannot rebuild themselves fast enough to meet human demands. Long lasting artificial reefs are useful tools for restoring our reef systems to a natural and productive balance.

Coral reefs turks and caicos islandsReef Balls are state of the art designed artificial reefs used to restore ailing coral reefs and to create new fishing and scuba diving reefs. Over 50,000 have been deployed worldwide in over 500 projects. Please visit these various Reef Ball related nonprofit organizations and other companies websites for information on how to start restoring a reef near you. Thanks in advance for your interest in helping to save our worlds oceanic ecosystems.

The Reef Ball Development Group, Ltd.

Eternal Reefs, Inc.

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