New Ecotourism Certification Program

Jobos Bay is an income producer for surrounding communities; this program helps people get jobs and helps visitors understand and protect the environment.

Jobos Bay is the source of much of the economy for Salinas and Guayama, Puerto Rico, and other surrounding communities. To further ecotourism businesses, the Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve worked with the Initiative for the Eco-Development of Jobos Bay to establish a certification program for interpretative guides. The curriculum covers a variety of topics, including public speaking, communication skills, bird watching, local ecosystems and biodiversity, state and federal laws, the West Indian manatee, and basic environmental interpretation skills. In addition to attending the workshops, participants volunteer with the reserve to polish their newly learned skills. (2016)

Partners: Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, Initiative for the Eco-Development of Jobos Bay, Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, National Environmental Law Association, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, Puerto Rico al Sur, Puerto Rico Sea Grant Program