Beach Control (Protected Area) (Ocho Rios) Order, 1966. | Land Portal

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This Order declares part of the foreshore and of the floor of the sea within the limits set out in the Schedule, together with the water lying on such part of the floor of the sea, to be a protected area for the purposes of the Beach Control Act. The Order also prohibits various activities in the area including (a) fishing by means of nets, traps or spears, or by means of explosives, poisons, electrical charges or other similar methods; (b) the disposal of rubbish or any other waste matter; (c) the dredging or disturbance in any way of the floor of the sea; and (d) the destruction or removal of coral, seafans and sedentary marine animals. The Natural Resources Conservation Authority may appoint persons to undertake the improvement and maintenance of the protected area.

Implements: Beach Control Act. (2005)

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The island - discovered by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1494 - was settled by the Spanish early in the 16th century. The native Taino, who had inhabited Jamaica for centuries, were gradually exterminated and replaced by African slaves. England seized the island in 1655 and established a plantation economy based on sugar, cocoa, and coffee. The abolition of slavery in 1834 freed a quarter million slaves, many of whom became small farmers. Jamaica gradually increased its independence from Britain. In 1958 it joined other British Caribbean colonies in forming the Federation of the West Indies.

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