Bahamas Creating 15 New Marine Parks As Part of Major Expansion
Snake Cay, East Abaco Creeks National Park. Photo by Nancy Albury
By the Caribbean Journal staff
The Bahamas is launching a major expansion of its marine protected areas.
As part of its commitment under the Caribbean Challenge Initiative, the country has announced the creation of 15 new marine parks and three park expansions, for a total of 4.5 million hectares.
The parks contain habitat for endangered rock iguanas, nurseries for Nassau grouper, queen conch and spiny lobster, along with nesting and breeding grounds for more than 82 percent of seabird species that breed in the Bahamas.