The Bahamas: Coastal Awareness Month

April is National Coastal Awareness Month in the Bahamas and The Bahamas National Coastal Awareness Committee, a group with an interest in promoting the sustainable development of the islands, is celebrating ten years of creating awareness of the coastal environment. Many events have been planned for this purpose.

“For ten years, our Committee has been committed to creating awareness of the five main threats to our coastal environment, as well as working together with volunteers here in Nassau and the Out Islands, on activities that have improved the environment,” said Earlston McPhee, Chairman of the Coastal Awareness Committee and Director, Sustainable Development for the Ministry of Tourism. “Our goal is to educate the public and to offer real solutions to people that collectively will help us as a developing country and as a tourist destination. In the beginning, we focused our activities in the month of April. Now, we have expanded our reach and we have events taking place throughout the year.

For our tenth anniversary, our main event is taking place on April 28th with a Fun Run/Walk along the coast in Nassau. We want to bring the public to the coast this year and highlight the importance of preserving and protecting our entire coastal ecosystem.’

The Committee will host, in collaboration with its strategic partners both in the public and private sectors the following activities: national Public Service Announcement campaigns on television and radio; a Sustainable Living initiative mainly to involve businesses; erection of banners throughout participating islands in The Bahamas; primary and secondary school competitions with a submission deadline; field trips with Dolphin Encounters on Blue Lagoon Island, Dive Stuart Cove, have been arranged to provide students with an opportunity to learn about protecting the coasts and enjoy the marine wonders of the Bahamas; Fun/Run/Walk in Andros. The Committee has already travelled to Eleuthera for a beach clean up in March as part of this year’s activities.

As this is a national initiative, Beach clean-ups, dune restorations and other Coastal Awareness activities are planned for the islands of Abaco, Andros, Bimini, Eleuthera, Exuma and Cat Island.

For more information on National Coastal Awareness month, “Like” the Bahamas National Coastal Awareness Committee on Facebook , or to become a sponsor please contact Earlston McPhee at 356-6963/67/38.

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