Save Bimini Island Campaign
Letters to Prime Minister Needed to Save Bimini before it Becomes "An Island in the Extreme!!!
Letters to Prime Minister Needed to
Save Bimini before it Becomes "An Island in the Extreme!!!
The Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham - Prime
The Office of the Prime Minister
Cecil Wallace - Whitfield Centre
P.O. Box N 3017
Nassau, N.P. Bahamas
I would first like to congratulate you and your party, the Free National Movement, on your recent electoral victory in the Bahamas. The results of this recent general election were being watched by many people outside of the Bahamas due specifically to one issue, the proposed Bahamian Marine Reserve Network. In the year 2000, during the FNM 's last period in parliament, your party put forth a plan to establish a network of Marine Protected Areas throughout the Bahamas . This is an idea that, at the time, was truly visionary and very positively proactive in sustaining the beauty and natural resources of the Bahamas.
Now, just a few years later the concept of establishing Marine Reserves has become far more than just a way to sustain small regions of the ocean, it has now become the most promising remedy for curing a global problem. Recent reports have shown the ocean's fish stocks to be in a state of dramatic collapse, with over-fishing, habitat destruction, and climate change pushing our marine resources past their limits. Marine Protected Areas have been proven more effective than any other legislative or fishery management efforts to date.
The Commonwealth of the Bahamas has been given the opportunity to be seen as a world leader in dealing with a global problem that is wreaking havoc on many coastal countries and their economies. Your party had the solution to this problem identified seven years ago, now we are asking you to follow up on your promise and prevent the Bahamas from losing its most valuable resources.
Five sites were identified as top-priority for the Bahamian Marine Reserve Network, with Bimini topping the list. The original plan called for these five sites to be fully implemented and established by 2003. Tragically, during the PLP's reign in office, no movement was made towards establishing these reserves. Over the last five years, it seemed as if the PLP's loyalty lied closer to foreign developers than to the Bahamians themselves. This was undoubtedly a factor in the recent FNM victory.
The people of Bimini have voiced strong support for their MPA over the years, and as recently as January of 2007 the issue has been reinstated as a top priority for the island. Around the world, millions of people have learned of Bimini's plight from National Geographic magazine, U.S. & Bahamian news reports, and dozens of websites. This is both a local and international priority.
All who love the amazing islands of Bimini are desperate for action to be taken to preserve them.
By following up on a promise made seven years ago, you have the chance to not only guarantee economic and ecological sustainability for the future of Bimini, and indeed all the Bahamas, but to truly become a world leader in tackling a global crisis.
We now look to you to take action; the world is truly watching.
Submitted by: Grant Johnson