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Jobos Bay Reserve, Puerto Rico


Puerto Rico

State Partner

Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales (Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources)



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Made up of seagrass beds, mangrove forests, wetlands, upland dry forest, and lagoons, the Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve protects nearly 3,000 acres along Puerto Rico’s southern coast. The Reserve provides an oasis for endangered brown pelicans, hawksbill turtles, peregrine falcons, yellow-shouldered blackbirds, and the West Indian manatee. Reserve staff conducts research and provides outreach and monitoring services to manage Puerto Rico’s coastal resources sustainably and to protect the local watersheds and wetlands.

Explore the impact of Jobos Bay Reserve’s educational programs in 2019, including their project-based learning for fourth-graders and citizen science water monitoring program.


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This reserve currently does not have a formal friends organization. Please stay tuned for more information.

Did You Know…

The Jobos Bay Reserve is home to 60 percent of Puerto Rico’s endangered Antillian Manatee population.  

Latest News from the Jobos Bay Reserve

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Jobos Bay Reserve, Puerto Rico