Effective next month, boat owners and divers will have to pay to use the Folkestone Marine Reserve in St James.
In a statement issued via the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) Thursday evening, the National Conservation Commission (NCC) announced that it will be implementing user fees at the national park effective Monday, December 19.
The move affects owners of vessels using the provided mooring buoys.
For Class 1 vessels, which accommodate up to 25 people, the fee is $587.50 per annum while Class 2 vessels (26 to 80 persons) will be charged $1,880 per annum. Class 3 vessels (81 to 200 persons) will pay $2, 350 per annum, and Class 4 vessels (over 200 persons), $4, 700 per annum.
In addition, the NCC has advised that scuba divers will be required to pay a fee per dive in accordance with the NCC’s (Fees) Regulations 2015.
The fee for scuba diving will be $11.75 for each tag, which will be valid for one day.