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Spreading Shark Education in the Bahamas
By Sharks4Kids
Jun 18, 2018 - 12:58:46 PM

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Nassau, The Bahamas- Education nonprofit organization Sharks4Kids is excited to announce their official partnership with The Bahamas National Trust. The Bahamas National Trust manages  32 National Parks throughout the Bahamas, some of which are marine parks. Management requires both conservation and education to be successful.

The BNT Discovery Club Guardians completed a shark study, which was enhanced by a visit from Sharks4Kids to many of the schools and clubs in Nassau. This is just the beginning of this partnership, which will see the two organizations working together to increase awareness and education throughout the Bahamas. In just 3 days the team spoke on 5 radio shows, visited 11 schools, worked with 2 BNT Discovery Clubs and did a presentation for Ministry of Education teachers. In total they spoke with just over 900 students and teachers. Sharks4kids was also able to donate 12 copies of Norman the Nurse Shark to primary schools.

“BNT welcomes partnerships such as it has with Sharks4Kids, which allows for increased impact.”- Portia Sweeting, Director of Education.

Sharks4Kids and Bahamas National Trust spreading shark education in Nassau. Photo taken at St. Thomas More School

In 2011 the Bahamas shark sanctuary was established and a study released in 2017 found that shark and ray tourism generates nearly 114 million US dollars annually to the Bahamian economy.

“Sharks are vital to both the environment and the economy in the Bahamas and these students are the future. They will continue to protect these beautiful waters and the animals that inhabit them. We must empower and inspire them to be stewards for the oceans, now and always.”- Jillian Morris, Founder Sharks4Kids.

The organizations are planning more outreach projects for the new school year and beyond. Sharks4Kids will be returning to Nassau to assist with the BNT’s Shark Safari Summer Camp at the end of June.

There are 52 Discovery clubs in locations around the Bahamas. Interested schools or communities may contact BNT at 3931317 or education@bnt.bs for more information. To learn more about Sharks4Kids you can visit www.sharks4kids.com

The shark crew on Island 102.9 ( L-R: Chantal Curtis, Jillian Morris, Eddie Carter,Jewel Thompson, Michelle Andersen)

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