The day that changed Inilek Wilmot's relationship with the sea | What Can Be Saved? | AP
After a series of disasters in the 1980s and 1990s, Jamaica lost 85 percent of its once-bountiful coral reefs and its fish population plummeted. But today, the corals and tropical fish are slowly reappearing, thanks in part to the efforts of people like Inilek Wilmot, manager of the Oracabessa Bay Fish Sanctuary. The sanctuary was the first of the grassroots-led efforts to revive Jamaica's coral reefs. Its sanctuary was legally incorporated in 2010, and its approach of enlisting local fishermen as patrols became a model for other regions.
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