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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  • Computers Installed at Belmont Academy

    Computers Installed at Belmont Academy

    We collected twenty used personal computers and had them shipped to Jamaica in 2011. They get much use daily at the Belmont Academy for the Gifted and Talented. All students are required to take computer classes, and the school also offers night classes for adults.

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  • Bluefields Bay Marine Protected Area

    Bluefields Bay Marine Protected Area

    Excerpt taken from Travelmole: “The decline of coral reefs and fish stocks over the past three decades has been documented in many Caribbean islands, perhaps nowhere as dramatically as Jamaica. Due to habitat destruction and over-fishing, coral cover and fisheries yields in the country are some of...

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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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