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The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park : Then and Now

  The initiative for setting aside islands in the Exumas for conservation began with Colonel Ilia Tolstoy, grandson of Leo Tolstoy, who had first visited The Bahamas in 1931. In 1953, he began a discussion of establishing Bahamian protected areas with Richard Pough of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and founder of the Nature Conservancy.  This began a dialog that crossed the Atlantic to the Director of Great Britain’s Nature Conservancy , then back to the Right Honourable,  Earl of Ranfurly, Governor of The Bahamas, and the Honourable K.M. Walmsley, Colonial Secretary.  Finally in Ilia’s own...
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A Guided Shark Tour in the ECLSP with Guest On Board the Lady J

A pristine and picturesque morning calm greeted me as I sipped my coffee waiting to commence our underwater adventure in Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. Warderick Wells is the perfect base of operations located near the center of the 176 square mile national park system of ECLSP the oldest marine park in the world, providing easy access to some of the most vibrant and exciting dive locations found anywhere in the Bahamas. The agenda for the morning was our famous shark dive at “Danger Reef”. The guests from the Motor Yacht Lady J, had stopped by the dive location...
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The Perfect Position: Leading MPAs Worldwide in Providing Safe & Effective Moorings

When you think of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park; you may think of a beautiful yacht, tightly nestled between two sandbars, and surrounded by the most incredible turquoise water- a scene worthy of a postcard. But, what you don’t think about, is just exactly how that yacht is secured in that perfect position. How close they are to being aground on that beautiful sandbar, yet will never actually be in danger of touching it. Recently with careful planning and implementation, the ECLSP has become the world leader when it comes to providing vessels with safe and effective mooring...
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Bahamian National Parks a source of National Pride

  On Tuesday, July 10th, The Bahamas celebrates its 45 Independence Anniversary.  As we travel through the archipelago, we see buildings draped with our national colours of aquamarine, gold, and black. The black representing the strength and determination of the Bahamian people and the aquamarine and gold the rich resources of the land and sea.  The coat of arms proudly displays a conch shell surrounded by palm fronds with the Marlin and flamingo supporting the shield.  representative of the flora and fauna of the archipelago – the marlin and flamingo being recognized as national animals of The Bahamas. As we...
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They’re Our MPA’s, Let’s Protect Them!

  Seeing poachers abusing your national park is never an easy thing to comprehend. It happens time after time, and every single incident of poaching leads to a flood of different emotions. Sure; as you suit up, fire up the engine, and race offshore together with an RBDF Marine you feel the excitement, thrill, and suspense of another potential bust. However, the feeling of sadness and despair that comes from what these fishermen are doing, how they are blatantly disregarding the Marine Protected Area that you are tasked with protecting, tends to overcome that initial adrenaline rush.   A week...
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