December 2016 & January 2017
Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation by sponsoring about 500 posters on Mammals’ protection.
As you know, marine life affects all Bahamians; it is the centre of our tourism industry, and tens of thousands of Bahamians directly depend on it as a means of making a living. Yet, most Bahamians are not aware that there are twenty-three different marine mammal species that live or travel through the waters of The Bahamas. Without this information, they have no basis to make appropriate life choices which may impact these species and their habitats, such as littering, sustainable fishing, coastal development and proper boating etiquette. Despite protection by law, there is a lack of public awareness and appreciation for marine mammals in The Bahamas and a growing need for capacity building in the marine sciences.
To fill this need, Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation has been working with an artist who has previously designed eco-educational posters for the Bahamas such as the Queen Conch and Bonefish, to create a poster on the marine mammals of the Bahamas – they aim to distribute this poster to every school in the Bahamas, all Bahamas National Trust Offices, all Marine Resources offices, the University of the Bahamas, and other non-profit organisations. The distribution of this poster will immediately increase the awareness of marine mammals in our country.