Environment

BAMSI DONATES FRUIT SEEDLINGS TO NEWLY LAUNCHED AGRICULTURE VILLAGE
BAMSI DONATES FRUIT SEEDLINGS TO NEWLY LAUNCHED AGRICULTURE VILLAGE

September 14, 2021

THE Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) donated some 500 fruit seedlings to the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources’ Frobisher Agro-Village in Freeport, Grand Bahama earlier this week. The donation included 450 sugar apples seedlings and approximately 45 sour orange/citrus root stock, Stephen Turnquest, Chairman of the Board for BAMSI, confirmed. “The plant donation is in keeping with BAMSI’s mandate to increase this nation’s ability to feed itself through sustainable measures, while also providing education opportunities, for young Bahamians in particular, to grow the agriculture sector.

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Bloomberg News Calls for Regional Marine Protected Areas
Bloomberg News Calls for Regional Marine Protected Areas

September 13, 2021

One of the world’s top marine scientists applauded The Bahamas for its decade-long shark sanctuary status, but told Bloomberg News last week that it would take regional cooperation if the world wanted to live up to its international goal of 30% ocean conservation by 2030.

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SEVEN DAY FORECAST 7-13 SEP 2021
SEVEN DAY FORECAST 7-13 SEP 2021

September 07, 2021

Unsettled weather, favoured by deep troughing and a rich moisture environment, will continue sporadically across the islands. This trough will gradually lift northwards. Meanwhile, a weak high pressure ridge will maintain light to gentle breezes over the Bahamas. Convection will linger on a daily basis with showers becoming heavy and thunderstorms severe at times. There is also the potential for localized flooding in low-lying and flood-prone areas. Daytime High Temperatures will remain in the low 90’s with heat indices soaring into the triple digits. In the Tropics, Hurricane Larry will generate hazardous ocean swells mainly along Atlantic exposed beaches from Tuesday afternoon through Friday evening. Mariners and Beachgoers should exercise extreme caution as moderate ocean swells up to 8 feet will cause dangerous surf and rip currents.

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NEWS ITEM ON HURRICANE LARRY
NEWS ITEM ON HURRICANE LARRY

September 03, 2021

NEWS ITEM ON HURRICANE LARRY ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FORECAST OFFICE SECTION, AT 12 PM EDT, FRIDAY 03RD SEPTEMBER 2021.

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BAMSI Revs up Give Back Programme in 2021
BAMSI Revs up Give Back Programme in 2021

September 02, 2021

WHILE the epidemic that is Covid-19 has forced the global community to at times narrow its focus on only the most essential ingredients necessary for survival, the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) remains committed to its outreach mandate, called ‘BAMSI Gives Back, of meeting the local community where they are most vulnerable and supporting their food and health-related challenges as much as possible.

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Latin America and the Caribbean Will Grow 5.9 in 2021
Latin America and the Caribbean Will Grow 5.9% in 2021

September 01, 2021

Latin America and the Caribbean will grow in 2021, although the pandemic remains present and the crisis worsened the region’s long-standing structural problems: low investment and productivity, labor informality, unemployment, inequality and poverty. That is why recuperating investment and employment, especially in environmentally sustainable sectors, is key to a transformative and inclusive recovery, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) indicated today upon presenting a new edition of one of its most important annual reports.

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Hybrid Corals Could Hold the Key to Reef Restoration
Hybrid Corals Could Hold the Key to Reef Restoration

August 30, 2021

With nearly 27 percent of the world’s coral reefs lost to destructive events and stressors, a newly released study suggests hybridization – a mesh of different species – could save one of the world’s most important and threatened marine ecosystems.

Research published in the journal, Frontiers in Marine Science, found a naturally occurring hybrid coral and its fragmented sections are more resilient and grow rapidly in comparison to its parental species. The study suggests restoration managers use the hybrid, commonly called fused staghorn coral, to outplant degraded reefs and increase the scale of coral nursery projects.

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Int'l Bonefish Tarpon Trust Declares Bahamas 'Worlds Living Lab' for Bonefish
Int'l Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Declares Bahamas 'World’s Living Lab' for Bonefish

August 30, 2021

A team of researchers working under the umbrella non-profit Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT) this week called The Bahamas “the world’s greatest living laboratory” for the study of healthy bonefish.

The Florida-based organization, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, based its declaration on more than a decade of findings resulting from tagging, tracking, and sampling of the elusive and intriguing bonefish. These findings identified important habitats, movements, and spawning areas.

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12PM NEWS ITEMS ON HURRICANE GRACE AND TROPICAL STORM HENRI
12PM NEWS ITEMS ON HURRICANE GRACE AND TROPICAL STORM HENRI

August 20, 2021

NEWS ITEMS ON HURRICANE GRACE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FORECAST OFFICE SECTION, AT 12PM FRIDAY 20TH AUGUST 2021.

…GRACE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE STRENGTHENING…

AT 11:00 AM EDT, THE CENTER OF HURRICANE GRACE WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 20.6 °NORTH AND LONGITUDE 94.3 ° WESTOR ABOUT 155 MILES NORTHEAST OF VERACRUZ, MEXICO.

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Oil company, environmental groups agree to discontinue judicial review
Oil company, environmental groups agree to discontinue judicial review

August 16, 2021

Challenger Energy Group (CEG) and local environmental groups have agreed to discontinue the judicial review of the Perseverance #1 exploratory well, both sides revealed in recent press statements, with the environmental groups warning CEG and any other group hoping to explore for oil in The Bahamas that any project will be aggressively challenged.

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Get Excited About Science - BNT Hosts Environmental Education Conference with MoE and US Embassy
Get Excited About Science - BNT Hosts Environmental Education Conference with MoE and US Embassy

August 10, 2021

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is honoured to host the first virtual BNT Environmental Education Conference from August 16 to August 20, 2021, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the United States Embassy. Supported by the Sandals Foundation, this conference for educators will introduce the new environmental components of the Ministry of Education’s Primary Science Curriculum.

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BAMSI STUDENTS TO BENEFIT FROM EXPANDED ANIMAL SCIENCE PROGRAM
BAMSI STUDENTS TO BENEFIT FROM EXPANDED ANIMAL SCIENCE PROGRAM

August 09, 2021

STUDENTS of The Bahamas Agriculture & Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) will have a special item added to the school’s menu this Fall – eggs produced by chickens grown at BAMSI. Dr. Raveenia Roberts-Hanna, Executive Director of the Institute with oversight of the academic portfolio, said the newest addition to the farm’s animal division will allow for an expansion of the syllabus and further enhance student knowledge and training in poultry science, as well bring a nutritious and tasty twist to the school’s cafeteria offerings.

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BREA elects new board, encourages foreign investment, but vows to protect licensed Bahamian brokers, agents
BREA elects new board, encourages foreign investment, but vows to protect licensed Bahamian brokers, agents

August 09, 2021

The Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA), the country’s largest legislated professional association, recently elected a new board of directors, re-elected its president for a record fifth term and vowed to amend what it called ‘loopholes’ in a 26-year-old Act it said failed to sufficiently protect the rights of licensed Bahamians.

After more than a year of COVID-imposed working conditions, BREA members held their 2021 annual general meeting by Zoom in May. The new executives introduced a three-pronged strategic plan they dubbed “determination on steroids” to take the industry to new heights. “We are fired up and ready to resume our legislative and industry standards agenda,” said Christine Wallace Whitfield, who was elected president for a record fifth consecutive term. “We have three high priority goals and I have every confidence that with the energy and determination on steroids of this new board, 2021 will be the year we will achieve these goals that will take this industry to new heights.” Top priority, she said, is protecting licensed Bahamian BREA agents.

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Bahamas Protected Areas Fund Bahamas Customs Dept. sign MOU to raise funds for conservation

August 06, 2021

Bahamas Protected Areas Fund (BPAF) and the Bahamas Customs Department have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) formalizing their partnership to raise funds for protected areas and climate resilience.

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'Obey the law' as crawfish season gets under way

August 03, 2021

THE Department of Marine Resources is urging fishermen to abide by fisheries laws as crawfish season opened on August 1.

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Govt to probe offloading of beetle-infested wood in GB
Govt to probe offloading of beetle-infested wood in GB

August 03, 2021

THE Bahamas Government has launched an investigation into the offloading of wood reportedly infested with an invasive beetle by a Panama-registered cargo vessel at Grand Bahama last week.

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DEPARTMENT OF MARINE RESOURCES OPENING OF THE CRAWFISH SEASON
DEPARTMENT OF MARINE RESOURCES OPENING OF THE CRAWFISH SEASON

August 03, 2021

The Department of Marine Resources takes this opportunity to advise the general public that the crawfish season opened on Sunday, 1st August, 2021.

The public is reminded regarding the following:- 1. the legal measurement for whole crawfish is a carapace (jacket) length of 3 ¼ inches and when the tail is separated, a tail length of 5 ½ inches;

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Calls for fine for owners of beetle-carrying vessel
Calls for fine for owners of beetle-carrying vessel

July 30, 2021

THE docking and offloading of dunnage from a cargo vessel in Freeport with a shipment of wood infested with an invasive beetle have raised concerns among Bahamians who are calling for a huge fine to be levied on the owners of the vessel.

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SHIP WITH INVASIVE BEETLE OFFLOADS HERE: Vessel infected with Asian insect sailed to Freeport after US ban
SHIP WITH INVASIVE BEETLE OFFLOADS HERE: Vessel infected with Asian insect sailed to Freeport after US ban

July 30, 2021

Environmental activist Joseph Darville is outraged over the docking and offloading of a cargo ship allegedly laden with a shipment of wood infested with an invasive beetle that destroys crops.

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Bahamas Researcher Dr. Austin Gallagher Named Scuba Diving Magazines Sea Hero for work with sharks
Bahamas Researcher Dr. Austin Gallagher Named Scuba Diving Magazine’s Sea Hero for work with sharks

July 19, 2021

Scuba Diving Magazine has named Dr. Austin Gallagher – a researcher who helped shape shark sanctuary policy in The Bahamas and a familiar face in the local dive world --its latest Sea Hero.

At 35, Dr. Gallagher is believed to be the youngest recipient of the prestigious award.

In bestowing the title on him, the popular dive magazine wrote “Dr. Austin Gallagher has shaped global shark conservation for more than a decade. His novel 2011 study quantified that sharks are worth more to the Bahamian economy alive as an ecotourism draw than hunted for fins. The Bahamas became a shark sanctuary that same year.”

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