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CELEBRATING WORLD OCEANS DAY

Documentary highlighting the importance of and threats to corals, reef fish and benthic habitats and the value of establishing marine protected areas (MPAs) to preserve diverse marine ecosystems.

As an ocean resort, Atlantis has a meaningful connection with the #sea and is committed to protecting and restoring the surrounding ecology of the breathtaking Bahamas. In celebration of #WorldOceansDay, Atlantis employees are coming together for company-wide beach clean-ups and are supporting several guest activations to help bring awareness to the resort’s year-around ocean conservation efforts including educational seminars and interactive experiences.

 

The Bahamas has more coral reef area than any other country in the region and one of the largest coral reefs in the world.  Coral’s sustainability is vital to the marine ecosystem as they provide food and shelter for other marine life, in addition to helping protect shorelines and preserve beaches.  By funding scientific research, conservation programs and community outreach efforts, ABPF’s mission is to protect the waters and its vast marine wildlife, ensuring that The #Bahamas will remain a haven for a myriad of unique, rare and endangered species for generations to come. To date, the foundation has assisted in several coral reef out plantings as well as expanding the Marine Protected Area on Andros Island in The Bahamas to add more than one million acres to the park, protecting the entire western side of the island.

 

Developed as educational tools that will be used to increase public awareness about coral reef ecosystems, The Nature Conservancy and Perry Institute of Marine Science are releasing a ten-minute documentary and a public service announcement (PSA) today. Made possible by support from the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation, the documentary highlights the importance of and threats to corals, reef fish and benthic habitats and the value of establishing marine protected areas (MPAs) to preserve diverse marine ecosystems. Vivid imagery of local coral reef ecosystems in conjunction with interviews of conservation and industry partners were used to communicate the interdependency between healthy functioning coral reefs and Bahamian livelihoods.