The Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) successfully concluded its Marine Conservation Workshop at HMBS Coral Harbour on January 19, 2024.

The five-day Marine Conservation Workshop which commenced on January 14, 2024, was held in partnership with the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Bahamas Wildlife Enforcement Network (BAHWEN) and aimed to enhance participants’ understanding and awareness of Bahamian marine conservation laws through interactive classroom sessions and snorkeling activities.

A diverse cohort of 23 participants from various agencies, including the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF), Department of Marine Resources (DMR), Bahamas National Trust (BNT), Department of Immigration, and Bahamas Customs, actively engaged in the workshop.

Throughout the week, participants explored a comprehensive curriculum covering vital facets of marine conservation. Topics included Invasive and Native Species, Environmental Pollution, Climate Change, Fisheries Regulations, Ocean Plastic/Environmental Pollution, Coral Reefs, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), Bahamian Marine Ecosystems, and Marine Organism Identification.

The workshop concluded with Captain Glenn McPhee presenting certificates of completion to participants, acknowledging their achievements. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force recognizes the importance of actively preserving the country’s diverse marine biodiversity. This aligns with BREEF’s mission to educate, inspire, and empower individuals to safeguard the marine environment.

The collaboration between these organizations underscores a shared commitment to preserving the Bahamas’ marine ecosystems and ensuring sustainable practices for future generations.  Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King is committed to the transformation of personnel’s qualities and capabilities, which is rooted in the pursuit of excellence.

Photos by: AWM Raquel Miller and Woman Marine Raven Hepburn

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