BREEF presents Agriculture & Marine Resources’ Minister Michael Pintard with its newest educational poster, “Life in the Bahamian Mangrove Creek” ahead of the opening of the annual Crawfish Season August 1 st .

Photo L-R, Kevin Glinton, Casuarina McKinney-Lambert, BREEF, Minister of Agriculture & Marine Resources, the Honorable Michael Pintard, Carlton Bowleg, M.P., Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture & Marine Resource and Ms. Barbara Albries Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture & Marine Resource.

The Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) is excited to officially begin the distribution of “Life in the Bahamian Mangrove Creek” poster. The companion poster to the renowned “Life on the Bahamian Coral Reef” poster was developed to highlight the importance of Mangrove Creek ecosystems to The Bahamas and to encourage wetland conservation.

Minister of Agriculture & Marine Resources, the Honorable Michael Pintard in his remarks said, “Protecting our marine environment has significant social and economic benefits to The Bahamas. Our ability to achieve these benefits largely depends on educating all stakeholders and ensuring that they behave in responsible ways to protect our fragile marine ecosystems. The Ministry applauds BREEF for its ongoing educational initiatives inclusive of the comprehensive educational posters on the Bahamian Reefs and Life in the Bahamian Mangrove Creek.” Casuarina McKinney-Lambert, BREEF’s Executive Director stated, “The mangrove ecosystem is important for many of our commercially important fish species that use these areas as nursery

Mangrove creeks are particularly important for the catch-and-release bonefish industry and the crawfish industry, both of which support the economy around the islands. The crawfish season opens on August 1st and it’s critically important to have a multi-faceted approach to protecting this fishery: abiding by the fishing regulations,protecting our borders from poaching,and sustaining the habitats that the animals need to survive at all stages of their life.”

BREEF believes the “Life in the Bahamian Mangrove Creek” poster will be a useful teaching and learning tool for teachers, students, citizens and visitors throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas as it create awareness of the Benefits, Threats and Conservation efforts to safeguard our Mangrove Creeks. BREEF’s Education Coordinator, Kevin Glinton said “BREEF is particularly grateful to the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation for funding this project and the team at Creative Relations for their generous assistance in the development and printing of the posters.

This poster supports BREEF’s school field study activities of mangroves creeks around the country.

“Life in the Bahamian Mangrove Creek” also captures key concepts of the National Science and Social Science Curricula and is collaborative effort of BREEF, non-government and government stakeholders.”

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