About Us

About Us.

The Bluefields Environmental Protection Association was founded in late 2009 as the non-profit arm of Bluefields Bay: Jamaican Seaside Villas. The mission of BEPA is to protect the natural environment of the villages constituting the coastline of the Bluefields Bay, as well as to protect the aquatic life of the Bay itself. BEPA also seeks to contribute to the health, welfare and well-being of the region’s residents. BEPA was not incorporated in 2009 on a whim – its formation as a legal entity was merely an attempt to institutionalize long-established charitable efforts. Bluefields Bay: Jamaican Seaside Villas was founded in 1982, and the resort’s guests have become enchanted enough by the local community to contribute with time and money ever since. Some major pre-BEPA achievements included: The donation of thirty computers to the Bluefields People’s Community Association that were used for computer literacy classes; Monthly stipends for the teachers at the Bluefields  Basic School for children aged three to five; Financial support for the Bluefields Fisherman’s Association, an organization dedicated to sustainable fishing practices; The building of flush toilets for Mearnsville...

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  • Mearnsville All Age School Bathrooms

    Mearnsville All Age School Bathrooms

    We designed and had built flush toilets for the Mearnsville All-Age School. Mearnsville is the village next door to Bluefields, and until 2009 the school in the village only had pit latrines. This was a massive undertaking. The school did not even have running water when we got a hold of it!

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  • Patrol

    Patrol

    The Bluefields Environmental Protection Association and Bluefields Bay Villas would like to congratulate local efforts that led to Bluefields Bay being declared an aquatic wildlife sanctuary in 2011. It is now illegal to fish in the majority of the Bay. Virgin Vacations and the Travel Foundation...

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  • Jamaica Tackles its Lionfish Problem

    Jamaica Tackles its Lionfish Problem

    Excerpt taken from Caribbean Journal: “The invasive Lionfish has spread across the Caribbean – from the Cayman Islands to Grenada. The continued threat has led to some unusual solutions – like that of renowned Chef Michael Schwartz, whose eponymous restaurant in Grand Cayman has taken a culinary...

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