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What’s New in Abaco

June 14th, 2010 by admin

The World Billfish Series has a number of upcoming events, including

  • BBC Boat Harbour, June 9-12 @ Boat Harbour
  • Abaco Cay Billfish Tournament, June 13-18 @ Boat Harbour

Coconuts along the ShoreSince healthy oceans support the billfish we so enjoy, we’re pleased that part proceeds from the opening of the Disneynature film Oceans (April 22-28) were directed to The Nature Conservancy Bahamas Program to assist with coral reef protection through the expansion and management of new marine parks in The Bahamas. The Disneynature/TNC partnership has already resulted in $350,000 towards the Bahamas Protected Area Fund.

The Disneynature film is one example of how environmental stewardship is promoted to adults and children. In Abaco, that stewardship is seen on many levels.

On Wednesday May 12th, members of the Discovery Club were awarded their Weather Badge as well as their Endangered Species Badge.

Discovery Club is an after-school, badge-earning program for children aged 7-12. Designed by The Bahamas National Trust, it is organized in Abaco by Friends of the Environment and run by two wonderful instructor/volunteers Alana Carrol and Joy Chaplin.

Discovery Club picks up again in September, but over the summer Friends of the Environment are hosting environmental summer camp in north, central and south Abaco. Camp dates run from July 13 to July 23. For more information please call 367-2721 or email info@friendsoftheenvironment.org.

Environmental stewardship is not only for children. Research biologists from the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation (BMMRO) have been conducting a long-term study tracking marine mammals around the Bahamas since 1991.

Currently based in Sandy Point, Abaco, this project provides the only comprehensive data on marine mammals in this part of the world. This year BMMRO will be hosting a 5-day Whale Expedition for adults from July 25-30. Participants will have the opportunity to work alongside marine mammal biologists and learn firsthand about species identification, research methods and results, and conservation issues.

There will be a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 participants. The cost will depend on the number of participants but will range from $110-160/day per person, which covers everything except travel to Sandy Point, dinner at a local restaurant 1 night (approx $20) and any alcoholic beverages. For more information please contact Diane Claridge at diane.claridge@gmail.com

If you know of any other environmental programs or events in Abaco, please add them to the comments field below.

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