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Caribbean Marine Reserves 

Marine Conservation

Marine Conservation


On this three week course, students will study marine conservation and marine park management. They will participate in lectures, discussions with local stakeholders, field activities including 18-20 dives, as well as ongoing service work in the marine parks. Students will learn underwater survey techniques. They will visit and study the Statia (STENAPA) marine park, St. Bart’s Marine Reserve (French West Indies) and the world famous Saba Marine Park (SMP) for a comparison of three parks with differing challenges, each in different stages of development.

“Broadreach has a way of teaching you life lessons without being pushy or 'cheesy'.” — Laura Moore, Lookout Mountain, TN


  • Understand the process of communication in order to effectively communicate marine conservation theories
  • Describe the biochemical nature of the marine environment, and explain the inter-linkages between coastal and marine ecosystems
  • Understand how the Caribbean Sea functions as a single ecosystem
  • Understand the potential benefits provided by the coastal and marine environment, as well as the threats to those environments
  • Understand some of the reasons why the threats to the coastal and marine resources are difficult to control
  • Develop a historical perspective of marine protected area programs in the Caribbean, and identify existing issues
  • Understand the rationale for and benefits of stakeholder involvement in marine protected area planning and management, as well as the requirements for implementing and facilitating effective participatory processes
  • Conduct standard monitoring methods through diving under marine park supervision


  • Marine biology overview
  • Uses and benefits of the marine environment
  • Threats to the marine environment
  • Potential solutions / MPA overview
  • St Barts marine reserve information
  • Statia marine reserve information / Oil terminal information
  • Participatory planning
  • Statia sea turtle conservation (guest lecture)
  • Artificial reefs
  • Saba marine park overview and information (guest lecture)
  • Marine protected areas: design and management, research and monitoring
  • 25 years of marine park history (guest lecture)


  • 2-week live-aboard sailing voyage
  • Help marine parks with research
  • Take daily water testing samples
  • Fish dissections
  • Learn REEF survey techniques
  • Survey coral cover on surrounding reefs
  • Fish identification
  • Study reef fish behavior
  • Community service
  • 20+ scuba dives
  • PADI Certifications: Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, U/W Naturalist, Fish ID

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At a Glance

Community Service & Academics
  • 15 Hours
  • 3 Credits
Contact Hours
  • 56 Hours
College Credit
  • 3 marine science Credits
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