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What is the SSMR?
The bay is an extinct
volcanic crater plummeting to indeterminate depths as a lava chute, there
are many Carib myths and legends associated with the region adding to
its mystery. Dive sites such as Craters Edge, Scott's Head Pinnacles,
L'Abym, Dangleben's and Champagne have helped consistently place Dominica
in the top 10 diving destinations world-wide.
Why was it established?
The SSMR was established
under the Fisheries Act #11 of 1987 and by the Statutory Rules and Orders
(SRO) #18 of 1998. Due to increasing demand placed upon a limited resource
by various users a protection and management plan had to be implemented,
the Reserve was ratified for the following reasons:
How is it managed?
Local Area Management Authority (LAMA) was established under SRO#17 of
1998. This legal authority is made up of various stakeholders relating
to the enterprise namely; fishermen, village councillors, The Hospitality
Industry, Dominica Watersports Association, Dominica Coast Guard and the
What happens to the User Fee?
All persons entering
the SSMR are required to pay a nominal fee, either to the Wardens, directly
to the manager at the office, or through an approved Dive operation. The
user fee goes straight back into maintaining the SSMR and its resources.
What are Zones?
1. Fish nursery area:
this area at Soufriere was determined to be a valuable spawning ground
for many pelagic and reef fish; there is no fishing allowed in this region.
Do's & Don'ts
What else should you know?
should be advised that the Customs & Excise division issues a coast
wide permit, which allows anchorage in certain areas around Dominica's
Coast. The SSMR is totally off limits to this and only certain activities
are permitted within the area. The peninsula at Cachacrou is also the
starting point for the proposed Waitukubuli trail, a hiking trail which
runs the length of Dominica.