March 19, 2013
Nassau, Bahamas -- The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) hosted the first ever Bahamas National Natural History Conference last week. The four-day event ended on Friday with research presentations on the queen conch and a round table discussion on conservation of our local conch supply.
At the closing reception held that evening at the Retreat, the Trust received a donation of $50,000 for the first year of a three-year commitment totalling $150,000 from the Moore Bahamas Foundation. According to BNT officials, this grant will be used to help implement what BNT is calling a 'conchservation' campaign.
This novel programme will use scientific research in consultation with all entities invested in conch fisheries to design and implement an extensive education effort for protecting and managing local conch populations. Zack H. Bacon III attended the reception on behalf of his brother, Louis Bacon, who founded the Moore Foundation in 1992. He announced the support Moore Bahamas will give to BNT to aid conch conservation measures. BNT President Neil McKinney, remarked that Louis Bacon has a "history of caring about the environment behind him and we are really looking forward to working with him."
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