New EHCP t-shirts!

We just received these beautiful new t-shirts featuring the green sea turtle we all love to see in the harbour! The design also shows the numerous other creatures that depend on healthy sea grass habitat like crabs, shrimp, conch, and grouper. The shirts will be available for purchase for $20 at Minns Water Sports. All proceeds will go to helping our organization act to conserve the marine environment of Elizabeth Harbour.

Thank you to those that donated their time and services: Basil Minns, Victory Records, Reggie Air Express, Doe Boi Enterprises

 

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Bahamas Underground: The EHCP hosts cave diver Brian Kakuk in Exuma

The EHCP was very pleased to host Mr. Brian Kakuk, world renowned cave diver, researcher, and photographer, for our 2nd annual fundraising event. Brian has explored and mapped many of the now famous blue holes of The Bahamas, and had much to share on the biology, ecology, geology, and archeology of these beautiful, but often overlooked ecosystems.

Tuesday, Brian led an up close and fascinating tour of a few of the blue holes of Elizabeth Harbour with Dive Exuma. The group visited Angelfish Blue Hole and Mystery Cave on Stocking Island as well as a little known cave near Crab Cay.

On Tuesday evening, Brian stunned the audience with his photos of crystals, enormous underwater caverns, fossilized remains of animals that existed in The Bahamas thousands of years ago, and the oldest dated remains of a Lucayan Indian. There are very few people in the world who get to see the wonders found beneath and within the limestone rock of The Bahamas, so it was great opportunity to experience it through the eyes of someone who is as passionate and skilled about exploring, documenting, and protecting blue holes as Brian is.

A highlight of the evening was his gift of a speleothem taken from one of the blue holes of Great Exuma, which he first explored with the local knowledge of Mr. Basil Minns, a founder and director of the EHCP. Mr. Minns was happy to add to the evening a bit of story-telling about a mermaid that guards a treasure in “Mystery Cave”. A crowd enjoyed the celebration with a Bar B Que and dancing afterward at the Peace and Plenty Inn in George Town.

We owe many thanks to those that supported the EHCP event this year including Brian Kakuk, the Peace and Plenty Inn, the Exuma Foundation, Dive Exuma, Audley Dames and the Sweet Love Band, St. Andrews Anglican Church and the folks that joined us on the blue hole tour.

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Annual Fundraiser, March 25th!

EHCP 2014 fundraiser flyer

 

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EHCP participates in Sandals Environmental Expo

The EHCP shared a booth with the Bahamas National Trust in the Environmental Expo hosted by Sandals on November 22. The purpose of the event was to bring together various organizations and agencies with an interest in environmental issues to display their work. Mr. Cordell Thompson was the speaker for the day-long event and gave the crowd of teachers and students much good advice on the importance of creating a sustainable Exuma. The EHCP booth provided interested visitors with information about our mission, our projects, membership and the Moriah Harbour Cay National Park, a priority cause for our organization. Thank you to Sandals for a great day!

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Logo and essay competition winners enjoy their prize!

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Design concept by Micholette Sweeting

“We, as proud Exumians, should be eager to contribute in preserving Elizabeth Harbour. The harbour’s natural beauty is enough to make anyone like me, proud of Exuma and what it has to offer. Conserving the environment also enhances the many ecosystems whether on land or under water.” – J’Cey Taylor

The EHCP now has an official logo thanks to Micholette Sweeting of Forecast Christian Academy! Ms. Sweeting’s design concept was chosen by the EHCP Board of Directors as the first official logo for the organization. She was joined as a first place recipient by J’Cey Taylor of St. Andrews Anglican School for writing an outstanding essay about the importance of taking care of Elizabeth Harbour. Ms. Sweeting and Ms. Taylor were each given a set of snorkeling equipment and awarded a complimentary tour of the Elizabeth Harbour by Off Island Adventures. Taleah Martin and Stephon Miller were the runners-up for the logo competition, and Jon Marie Gorte and Dante Simmons were runners-up for the essay competition. All runners-up attend St. Andrews Anglican School and were also awarded a tour of the harbour. Congratulations students! Thank you for your support of the EHCP and our goal of conserving Elizabeth Harbour for your generation and future generations!

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Under da sea in Exuma…nice video!

Captain Steven Cole of Off Island Adventures shares the view from his office in this video of underwater scenes in Elizabeth Harbour and Moriah Harbour Cay. Thanks Steven!

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EHCP receives grant for small boat moorings

GEF-SGP-UNPD Bahamas High Resolution Logo 2013The Elizabeth Harbour Conservation Partnership has received official notification from the GEF Small Grant Bahamas Programme of The Bahamas that our organization will receive a grant of $19,000 for the installation of small boat moorings at popular snorkeling locations in the harbor.

The primary purpose of the Elizabeth Harbour Mooring Buoy Project is to protect ecologically important seagrass and coral reef habitats that have become popular locations for snorkeling and diving in Elizabeth Harbour, Great Exuma. The communities of Great Exuma and especially George Town, thrive on the tourism draw of the harbor, but as use of the harbor has increased over the last two decades, certain activities have had an impact. This project will greatly reduce damage to seagrass and coral reefs caused by repetitive anchoring by small private boats, rental boats, and tour boats by providing moorings for their use free-of-charge at the most visited locations. The project will engage the local community through a mooring sponsorship program to ensure long-term maintenance of the buoys, and raise awareness about the importance of biologically diverse seagrass and coral reefs communities to a healthy harbour ecosystem in local and tourist communities through the creation of educational materials and signage.

Community support was critical in order to win this grant, and we wish to thank those that have pledged their in kind time and expertise to nearly match the funds that will be provided by GEF. A big thank you to:

DIVE EXUMA
TURTLE DIVERS
CATHERINE BOOKER
HOWARD BETHEL
OFF ISLAND ADVENTURES
STARFISH
OUT ISLAND EXPLORERS
THE GOOD LIFE
KEVALLI HOUSE
OFF ISLAND ADVENTURES

The EHCP applied for the grant over the summer with the assistance of Catherine Booker, the EHCP’s secretary. The EHCP looks forward to implementing the project over the upcoming months. Please stay tuned for more information, including ways that you can get involved.

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