of the project to save the Jamaican manatee
is a massive education programme across the
Island. Local scientists in charge of manatee management have conducted interviews in this regard on television and radio programmes . Articles on the subject have
appeared in the newspapers, and numerous presentations have been made at many schools across the Island.
The scientists have worked with numerous fishermen
across the Island, with the Parish Council
in Clarendon, and also with the Portland Environment
Protection Agency (PEPA).
were used over a two year period (1998-1999
& 1999-2000) by the "manatee working
group" to evaluate the following:
knowledge about manatees in Jamaican waters
toward release of the Alligator Hole River
of 'Endangered/Protected Species' status
to Endangered Species Act
Ten respondents were
chosen from the following groups:
- Fish vendors
- Random people from
various 'walks of life'
Surveys were carried
out in the following areas:
- St. James
- St. Mary
- St. Thomas
These areas were chosen
based on reports of manatee activity and sightings
during sky patrol.
Results of the questionnaires
showed that in general, people's awareness of
the manatees increased during period 1999-2000.
It also showed that they were more supportive
of the release of the Alligator Hole River manatees,
and that they were more appreciative of the
'protected species status' during this said