The summer is flying by with FRIENDS and The Kenyon Centre
full of activity. Summer camp is always a highlight, and we are
reminded of that from the 3 - 5 year old Sea Bean campers, who can't
wait to come back each day, to the enthusiastic teenagers, "Nature
Detectives", who are conducting science projects in the field and
working with "real" scientists collecting data from coral reefs. The
Kenyon Centre has been over flowing this month and we've welcomed
returning research groups and newcomers as well. From the generous
donors to the hard working interns, THANK YOU for your continued support
with making environmental education and conservation a reality here in
Abaco and beyond!
Friends of the Environment
Crawfish season opens on August 1st.
Fishing for spiny lobster (crawfish) opens on August 1st in The Bahamas (until March 31st). Visitors
are limited to 10 lobster per day (per vessel) and must be in
possession of a Bahamas fishing permit if you are fishing out of a
non-Bahamian registered boat. Tails must be a minimum of
5.5 inches long. Visitors may not use assisted air of any kind while
fishing. Residents must be in possession of a permit for compressors.
Egg-bearing females must be left in the water. Spearguns are prohibited.
The rules are in place to protect our fishery, keep a healthy marine
environment, and to ensure we have food for the future!
Thank you for helping to protect our marine resources!
Be informed: Check the boundaries!
are areas in the Sea of Abaco that are illegal to fish in (or to take
anything, living or dead) at any time of year. In particular, Fowl Cay
National Park and Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park encompass more than
just the reef areas (beyond the moorings). There are also marine
reserves at Crab Cay and No Name Cay. Also, the national park at
Walker's Cay in North Abaco is zoned for fishing, recreation, and
no-take, so be sure you are in the correct zone! Updated boundary maps
may be viewed at www.bnt.bs . Download the Fish Rules App for an easy guide to fishing regulations and MPAs when traveling between Florida and The Bahamas. Also, check out our quick look guide to fishing regulations and best practices.
Camps hosted in Marsh Harbour and Sandy Point
signature summer camp program reached kids across Abaco from as little
as 3 years old, up to 16 years old. Each week brought new personalities,
different activities and different experiences for each child, but had
one thing in common: fun and learning about our Bahamian ecosystems!
From pine forests and blue holes, to coral reefs and mangroves, to sandy
beaches and rocky shores, the fun never stopped.
of these campers have been coming to our programs since they were 3
years old, and are now brave enough to participate in activities they
never dreamed of doing. One of our campers, Kaelin Adderley (7 years
old), was swimming in Sawmill Sink and said "Last year, I was so scared
to even put my foot in, now look at me, I'm swimming in the blue hole!".
That is one of many rewarding stories we heard this summer from our
especially like to thank our summer interns and volunteers for making
these camps successful. We couldn't have done it without their
enthusiasm and helpful hands! Thank you to Jaro Curry, Vernae Porter,
Ebany Hanna, Jasper Broad, Dashane Knowles, Ketia Knowles, Eunecia Butler, and Khalea Richard.
Theme: Investigating and implementing ways to eliminate single-use plastics. More info on project criteria and deadlines. We
are having fun planning the fair, and looking forward to seeing what
the students come up with! Teachers, note that this year projects should
include an action component (not just research).
Kenyon Centre Update
Sea Turtle Field Course is an Annual Favourite!
to Elizabeth Whitman of Florida International University, the Kenyon
Centre was able to offer another sea turtle field course this year!
Participants were able to assist in Ms. Whitman's field research, by
capturing, measuring, weighing, tagging, and then releasing turtles in
the East Abaco Creeks National Park. This research is helping us learn more about the health of local populations.
Kenyon Centre Vision:
Support the work of FRIENDS by facilitating scientific research and
outreach, and promoting sustainable development in Abaco, Bahamas.
Remembering a Friend
would like to remember our friend, Kris Colvin, who recently passed
away. He was a long time visitor to Abaco and a big supporter of FRIENDS
and the Kenyon Centre and coral reef conservation; he had a special
love for Mermaid Reef and the turtles that are protected in the Sea of
Abaco. Kris' memory, along with his late wife, Reed Devereux, lives on
through the Devereux Ocean Foundation which continues to fund marine
conservation efforts in The Bahamas.
Thanks to The Cohen and Shealey families for giving back during their recent visit to Abaco! They would like to extend a challenge to other families to do their own beach clean-ups!
Coral Spawning Project at Sandy Cay Reef
SECORE and the Perry Institute for Marine Science
are currently conducting a project at Sandy Cay Reef in the Pelican
Cays Land and Sea Park to collect coral spawn and grow out baby corals
on artificial substrates. This project will help us learn more about elk
horn and stag horn corals, and contribute to improving methods for
coral reef restoration. The research team have placed a larval culture
pool with blue sides and a white top (looks like a life raft) at the
southern mooring on the inside of Sandy Cay Reef. The pool will be
moored there for about the next two weeks. The team asks that you please
not disturb the equipment - baby corals will be growing! Once the two
weeks are up, the substrates will be placed out on the natural reef so
the corals can continue to grow. We will include more updates as the
Photo of the larval culture pool taken by Dive Time Abaco,
as it was being delivered to the field site. Thank you to Dive Time
Abaco for supporting coral research and mooring maintenance in the Sea
Abaco's Environment in Photos
Northern mockingbirds are nesting and chicks are fledging!
chick ventured out of the nest to try its wings, while Mama bird looks
on. If you've ever walked near a mockingbird nest you know they can be
territorial, as they often swoop around your head! Mockingbird chicks
often fledge early, hiding in the bush until they can fly. Their parents
will continue to feed them, so take care not to move them.
Friends of the Environment, PO Box AB 20755, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas