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Local Color - Bahamas spiny lobster or what we call a spotted Spanish crawfish!

Panulirus guttatus, the spotted spiny lobster or Guinea chick lobster, is a species of spiny lobster that lives on shallow rocky reefs in the tropical West Atlantic and Caribbean Sea.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panulirus_guttatus

Photo credit: Dr. Craig Dahlgren - Bahamas "Coral Restoration" expedition 2016
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Good news to start 2017 The Nature Conservancy has achieved their $8 million commitment to the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund – an endowment that supports the Caribbean Challenge Initiative and will allow the protection of 21 million acres of coastal and marine areas throughout the Caribbean, tripling protected area coverage by 2020.
+CaribbeanChallengeInitiative +IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature @BahamasNationalTrust +The Nature Conservancy

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Just saw Santa riding the Ocean CREST Alliance wave -- Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to ALL!

www.oceancrestalliance.org
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2016 has been a year of great growth for ocean conservation and because of the generosity of our supporters and through our Conservation, Research, Education, Science, and Technology (CREST) activities, OCA has experienced much success! See some of our highlights for 2016 at http://www.oceancrestalliance.org/2016-news/ and help us Dive Into 2017 with your end of the year, tax deductible donations here: http://www.oceancrestalliance.org/donations/

Help us to achieve our goal of $50,000 by the end of January 2017, to help with completion of the "Kitchen Kottage" a critical component of our Cabbage Point, Bahamas Research and Education Facility now under construction. Every donation, regardless of the size, makes a difference.

The importance of our CREST activities in the Bahamas has never been greater than it is today. Our CREST initiatives generate sound information to help address threats, infrastructure needs, and species management issues. They also help us enhance public understanding of Marine Protected Area needs and the benefits they provide towards a healthy and sustainable economy and our way of life!

The need for continued research on important fishery species such as Nassau Grouper and Queen Conch continue to be a priority for OCA, as well as addressing the lionfish invasion and the ever present issues with IUU fishing activities or as we call it here in the Bahamas "poaching". The past few years of OCA's work indicates that our Oceans are in trouble. It is difficult to imagine The Bahamas without a healthy marine environment, a resource that is vital to all Bahamians health, economy, culture and heritage. A deteriorating marine ecosystem would be a devastating blow to all Bahamians now and for future generations! OCA is leading efforts with support from national and international NGO's and the Bahamas Government agencies to create awareness of the need for expansion of Marine Management Areas to ensure a sustainable future. Providing the Community and decision makers scientific research and stakeholder outreach to support these necessary actions

Ocean Crest Alliance work inspires communities to better understand and care about our Oceans and Planet. Thanks to these efforts and those of so many other passionate individuals, the world is changing for the better!

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12/15/16
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A matter of National Security - Nature!

THE CHALLENGE: For years, environmental concerns have centered on climate change and conservation.

Worldwide, environmental crime generates as much as $258 billion a year and grows by five to seven percent annually — two to three times the growth of the global economy. This makes it the third largest illicit market, behind the trade of narcotics and counterfeiting

Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is one fifth of the legal fishing trade, valued at $23 billion annually. Its environmental damage has been extensive, with over 90 percent of the world’s fisheries either overfished or fully exploited.

http://ideas.ted.com/an-encounter-with-poachers-in-the-bahamas/
https://www.mission-blue.org/tag/ocean-crest-alliance/
http://guyharveymag.epubxp.com/i/284040-spr-2014/41
http://guyharveymag.epubxp.com/i/710640-bspr-2015/37

http://www.stimson.org/content/trump-can-help-bridge-natural-security-divide-during-first-100-days?utm_term=Natural+Security+under+President+Trump&utm_content=bufferfb676&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer




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Local Knowledge - there is no substitute for the experience and knowledge of local fisherman in any fishing community. OCA understands the great importance of working with the commercial fisherman and community of Long Island, in all our conservation efforts.

Click below to page 38 and read the Guy Harvey Magazine Spring 2015 story about how a diverse team of experts pull together and document what may vary well be the largest known gathering of Nassau Grouper in the Bahamas and possibly on our BLUE planet. http://www.oceancrestalliance.org/media/

With the closed season coming up, we all must follow the rules and regulations of the Bahamas and let the Groupers breed so we have fish for the future generations and the health of our beautiful marine eco-system! 

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University of the Bahamas and several Bahamas ngo's express great concern over Chinese agrifisheries proposal. Read story here:

http://www.bahamaslocal.com/newsitem/164104/UB_group_expresses_concerns_over_Chinese_agrifisheries_proposal.html

We are all aware of the devestating effect the large IUU fishing fleet has had on the Bahamas fishery over the years; and we wish to commend the Royal Bahamas Defence Force for a job well done these past couple years to curtail this illegal activities. Imagine if we now allow an larger fleet of Chinese fisherman into our waters.

In an open letter to Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources V. Alfred Gray, an organization called the Climate Change Initiative at the University of The Bahamas warned that the proposed $2.1 billion China-Bahamas Agriculture and Fisheries Initiative would violate the Fisheries Resources Act if approved, while also asserting significant concerns about the proposed project.

Section seven of the Fisheries Resources Act stipulates that no foreign fishing is allowed within The Bahamas' exclusive economic zone without a fisheries treaty.

Section 2(1) of the act states that a fishing vessel company allowed to fish must have all shares beneficially owned by a Bahamian citizen.
Commercial fishing is the activity of catching fish and other seafood for commercial profit, mostly from wild fisheries. It provides a large quantity of food to many countries around the earth, but those who practice it as an industry must often pursue fish far into the ocean under adverse conditions. Large-scale commercial fishing is also known as industrial fishing.
Overfishing occurs because fish are captured at a faster rate than they can reproduce. Both advanced fishing technologies and increased demand for fish have resulted in overfishing.

It should not go unnoticed that overfishing has caused more ecological extinction than any other human influence on coastal ecosystems

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commercial_fishing
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Artisanal fishing (or traditional/subsistence fishing) are various small-scale, low-technology, low-capital, fishing practices undertaken by individual fishing households (as opposed to commercial companies). Many of these households are of coastal or island ethnic groups. These households make short (rarely overnight) fishing trips close to the shore. Their produce is usually not processed and is mainly for local consumption. Artisan fishing uses traditional fishing techniques such as rod and tackle, fishing arrows and harpoons, cast nets, and small (if any) traditional fishing boats.

Artisan fishing may be undertaken for both commercial and subsistence reasons. It contrasts with large-scale modern commercial fishing practices in that it is often less wasteful and less stressful on fish populations than modern industrial fishing.

Here on Long Island in the Bahamas many families still live by this tradition and heritage. Utilizing small boats and engines freediving the nearshore reefs. Here Stephen Pratt and Jan Smith, had a nice days catch.
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11/18/16
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Forget ghouls and goblins!

These are the world's scariests and deadliest creatures; and proove why we would rather swim with sharks!

Check out this graphic illustration from Bill Gates blog, of the biggest killers on the planet -- interesting who is number 1 and 2!

https://www.gatesnotes.com/Health/Most-Deadly-Animal-Mosquito-Week-2016?WT.mc_id=20161031140850_DeadliestAnimal_BG-FB&WT.tsrc=BGFB&linkId=30522644
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Focusing on earths most valuable element, water, here is an awesome new product produced by one of our supporters companies Nixall, that helps people live better lives in an increasingly contaminated world.

Check it out this is something we all can benefit from and the two ingredients it is made from are our favorite elements; Salt and Water!

The 'magic' behind the entire Nixall product line is not really 'magic' at all, but rather nature at its purest combined with proven science. Nixall's main ingredient is hypochlorous acid, a infection fighting substance found naturally in the human body, and replicated by scientists by running an electrical charged through a combination of salt and water. This electro-chemical reaction reproduced the hypochlorous acid within a solution now known as anolyte water, and paved the way for a new generation of health, healing and cleanliness.

http://www.nixall.com/
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