Furthering Baha Mar’s commitment to coral reef conservation, the resort destination announces today the launch of its partnership with The Reef Rescue Network, a newly-created network of organizations and businesses in The Bahamas committed to the creation and management of coral restoration. Baha Mar’s dedication to conservation continues as the resort destination hosts the 2018 Bahamas Natural History Conference.
The Reef Rescue Network, conceptualized and directed by The Perry Institute for Marine Science, is comprised of a diverse portfolio of nonprofit organizations, research and government entities and private organizations. The network is dedicated to reducing the threats to corals in The Bahamas, building resilience of coral reefs to recover naturally from these threats; and restoring corals to the reefs.
Baha Mar and The Baha Mar Resort Foundation, are dedicated to furthering the resort destination’s founding pillars: conservation, community and culture. In partnering with The Reef Rescue Network, Baha Mar will dedicate resources and efforts to the organization’s plans and programming, which include the creation and construction of an inland coral nursery, the out planting of corals to our offshore Eco Reef, and the education and instruction of certified Reef Rescue Divers.
Additionally, Baha Mar is hosting The 2018 Bahamas Natural History Conference at the resort destination from March 19-22, 2018. The conservation summit is known for inspiring new avenues of research and cooperation across various disciplines, while highlighting the benefits of research of the environment, economy, and human society of The Bahamas. The 2018 Bahamas Natural History Conference titled, “Pathways to Conservation,” emphasized the need to ensure the successful conservation of natural resources in The Bahamas. The goal of the summit is to convey to attendees across all industries that conservation achievement cannot happen through the advancement of science alone, and policy change cannot be actioned without public support.
“As a resort destination, Baha Mar is deeply committed to the conservation of our surroundings and our oceans,” said Graeme Davis, President, Baha Mar. “There are many pathways to conservation success, and our approach to coral conservation is unique. In collaborating efforts with entities such as The Reef Rescue Network and The Bahamas Natural History Conference, Baha Mar seeks to provide an atmosphere for scientists and institutions to be inspired, fill knowledge gaps and provide practical solutions to natural resource management.”
“Coral reefs are delicately balanced underwater environments that help sustain the Bahamian natural resources,” says Vanessa Hayley-Benjamin, Chief Scientist, Baha Mar. “Baha Mar’s mission to protect the environment on and around the island is vital to sustaining marine life.”
Baha Mar is in the process of creating an Eco Reef directly off the coast of the resort destination. Currently in the early growth stages, the Eco Reef at Baha Mar will eventually be open to exploration by resort guests, guided by the Baha Mar marine science team, in partnership with The Reef Rescue Network and Perry Institute for Marine Science. This project is crucial to the mission of Baha Mar, ensuring the core values continue to protect the environment for generations to come.
About Baha Mar
Baha Mar is a master planned $4.2 billion integrated resort development owned by Hong Kong-based conglomerate Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited (CTFE). The beachfront destination includes three global brand operators – Grand Hyatt, SLS, and Rosewood – with over 2,300 rooms. Additional amenities include 40 restaurants and lounges, the largest casino in the Caribbean with over 100,000 sq. ft. of gaming space, 200,000 sq. ft. convention center, 18-hole Championship Jack Nicklaus Golf Couse and Golf Club, first ESPA flagship spa in the Caribbean, and over 30 luxury retail outlets. Baha Mar is a breathtaking beach destination with dynamic programming, activities and guest offerings located in one of the most beautiful places in the world – The Bahamas. For more information and reservations, visit www.bahamar.com.