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Bahamas Considers Additional Habitat Protections

BTT applauds the Bahamas National Trust for its ongoing efforts to protect important marine habitats in The Bahamas. BNT and partner organizations recently submitted a white paper to the Bahamian Government that identifies 43 areas for protection by 2020. Conservation action by the government in these areas will ensure that The Bahamas achieves the ambitious goal of protecting 20% of its nearshore marine environment by 2020. 

Included among the 43 areas are five priority sites recommended by BTT that encompass important bonefish habitats. The sites include the expansion of The Marls of Abaco National Park and establishment of four new protected areas: Berry Islands-Pigeon Cay, Savannah Sound, Half Sound, and Long Island Marine Management Area. BNT’s recommendations build on earlier national park and marine protected areas designated by The Bahamas, including six national parks named in 2015 with the assistance of scientific data provided by BTT.  Photo: Justin Lewis