OFFICIALS from Shedd Aquarium, a Chicago-based non-profit, were in Grand Bahama recently for a two-day meeting with representatives from The Bahamas Agriculture & Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) to discuss a growing partnership between the organisations, broader opportunities for Bahamian students focused on marine science, and issues related to conservation and marine life studies.
Dr. Raveenia Roberts-Hanna, Executive Director of BAMSI, who was in Freeport to meet with Shedd, said that BAMSI students are already
benefitting from the collaboration through internships and research opportunities with the US research team.
Dr. Roberts-Hanna described the relationship between the two as a strategic partnership, with BAMSI students being able to take advantage
of the relationship which allows them to experience greater exposure to global research initiatives.
“I look forward to a long working relationship with them and it’s really important for BAMSI because, yes our training is country specific, but
this type of exposure really gives our students that global perspective,” Dr. Roberts-Hanna said.
While in Grand Bahama, the Shedd team also met with representatives from the University of the Bahamas and toured several marine-focused facilities.
In a move that reflects their mission, the Shedd delegation visited the country on an 80-foot research vessel, the R/V Coral Reef II. The vessel allows researchers to explore remote parts of the archipelago over extended periods of time.
Shedd Aquarium, which focuses on environmental, education, and animal care issues, has been conducting extensive research in the
Bahamas for some 30 years, investing significant resources into examining sharks, conch, lobster, grouper, iguanas and coral, and also
developing deeper collaborations with faculty from BAMSI and UB. Part of their mission is to spark compassion, curiosity, and conservation for the aquatic world.
To help sustain healthy ecosystems, Shedd staff biologists conduct research, including in The Bahamas, to understand and mitigate the
impacts of serious threats to culturally and commercially important species.
From: Bahamas Information Services