Jobos Bay Reserve, Puerto Rico

Territory

Puerto Rico

State Partner

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

Acres

2,883

Est. Date

1981

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.

Volunteer

Become a volunteer by sending an e-mail to voluntariosjobos@gmail.com. Please state your age, availability, and fields are you interested in volunteering for.

Be A Friend

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

Jobos Bay Reserve + Boricorps = Win-Win

Jobos Bay Reserve + Boricorps = Win-Win

Seven years after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the Jobos Bay Reserve bears scars from the storm. Dead mangroves and the blue tarp covering the office are just two reminders of the work yet to be done.

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Emissions Matter

Emissions Matter

According to the 2022 Sea Level Rise Technical Report, past carbon emissions are making it more likely that we will see two feet of sea level rise along the U.S. coastline before 2100.

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Jobos Bay Reserve, Puerto Rico