Faculty Advisor

Garvin, Ann

Faculty Advisor

Peet, R. Creighton

Project Center

San Juan, Puerto Rico


This report, prepared for the University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez, focuses on the process of implementing marine ecosystem-based management in Puerto Rico. We developed steps to implement marine reserves throughout Puerto Rico through the analysis of the Luis Pena Channel Natural Reserve in Culebra, a small island east of Puerto Rico, and the proposed Turrumote marine reserve in Lajas, a municipality in southwestern Puerto Rico. We also conducted an assessment of the different designations for marine protected areas and provided recommendations to simplify the current system.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2006

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs