Monthly Archives: August 2018

Eden Ripe for Exploitation

By Tad Linn, Hope Spot Champion for Egg Island Bahamas Lighthouse Point lies at the very southern end of the 110-mile-long island of Eleuthera. All superlatives fall short when attempting to describe its virgin beauty. As one visiting high school student recently exclaimed: “Wow. God lives here.” Sadly, Lighthouse Point is at imminent risk of being transformed into a high-volume, high-impact, fantasy cruise port with little or no public access. Many Bahamians are asking for help from the outside world to save this iconic site. One year ago, Egg Island, floating like a bejeweled Fabergé masterpiece in the aquamarine waters off the opposite end of Eleuthera, was also in peril from the same threat, Disney Cruise Lines. The public outcry emanating from the neighboring settlement of Spanish Wells reverberated around the world (with the help of Mission Blue), and eventually Disney abandoned the project.…
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Bahamas on the Cusp of Making Long Island a Marine Protected Area

LONG ISLAND, BAHAMAS (August 14th, 2018) – Long Island in the Bahamas has been declared a Hope Spot by international non-profit Mission Blue in support of the Bahamian government’s tentative plan to proclaim a marine protected area in the area. Long Island Marine Management Area (LIMMA) has been a source of food, recreation and economy for Long Islanders since the settling of the local communities. Establishment of the 257,000 acre Long Island Marine Management Area would repair and protect the population of marine species important to the local and global economy, such as the endangered Nassau Grouper and the Queen Conch, and would aim to provide a sustainable balance between culture, economics and conservation. “The Long Island Marine Management Area (LIMMA) contains a rich biodiversity of habitat, ranging from mangroves and sea grasses, blue holes to coral reefs and deep water sites; habitat that is critical to the life cycle of the biodiversity of the Long Island fisheries and associated bird and marine species.…
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Beyond Baselines: Exploratory Dives in the Outer Hebrides

By Mae Dorricott Sometimes there comes a point in a dive when you think that you should turn around and go back. There isn’t anything of interest here. But you can’t help but listen to that little voice, “Oh, just one more corner!”. That one more corner led us into a dead end. The rock walls created an underwater cul-de-sac and the kelp bed swayed in the currents below. It was pretty, for sure, but not what we we’re looking for. I turn to my buddy Kirsty, to decide which way we should go next. But as I look round, she’s disappeared. Maybe she headed out already? Before I make a move though, a torch light shines out from a dimly lit corner of the “dead end”.…
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Polar Bears of Svalbard

By Courtney Mattison for Mission Blue For those who have observed polar bears in the wild, the experiences they recall often sound reverential and daring. The world’s largest land predator, polar bears (Ursus maritimus) are larger and more carnivorous than grizzlies and hunt both on land and in the sea. But on Mission Blue’s latest Hope Spot Expedition to the Norwegian Arctic, the bears we observed were more threatened than threatening. “So we just came upon a mother and cub and they are very very skinny,” said Mette Eliseussen, Manager and Expedition Leader for Arctic Voyagers at Basecamp Spitsbergen, as she led the Mission Blue Expedition Team aboard an inflatable boat within a safe distance of two polar bears. Kip Evans, Mission Blue Director of Expeditions and Photography and leader of the expedition, focused his camera lens at the bears and began shooting images.…
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