In an effort to streamline activities at the Blue Lagoon in the parish of Portland, effective August 29, 2022, all commercial activities are to be temporarily halted. The very popular attraction is in need of re-structuring to ensure improvements in the facility and compliance with the law.
A restorative initiative will be implemented in three phases. The first phase will include sensitization for Blue Lagoon and Winnifred Tour operators by the JCF; Marine/Coast Guard.
Phase two will see the engagement of Blue Lagoon Alliance members, Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), Alligator Head Foundation (AHF) and the Tourism Product Development Company Ltd (TPDCo.) It will involve training, registration, and certification of personnel from the area to ensure best practices. A comprehensive clean-up of the area will also be done by National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).
The final phase will see the JNHT and TPDCo adapting a draft co-management agreement and establishing the Blue Lagoon as a protected area. A determination will also be done of the activities that will be allowed and a timeline will be established for the re-opening of the facility.