BSCA

Bahamas Sportfishing Conservation Association

preservation through partnership

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The lives of those impacted by Hurricane Dorian in the Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands desperately need your help. 

The BSCA is committed to bending it’s resources to help heal those affected by the storm, those in need of food, clean water and shelter, as well as those who have been displaced and seek to be reunited with their loved ones. Your donation through the BSCA will strengthen the on-going efforts of our partners at NEMA, the entire BSCA team and most importantly, help to solidify further aid from our international partners.

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educating and empowering through conservation

The Bahamas Sportfishing and Conservation Association (BSCA) was formed by a group of visionary Bahamian sport fishermen that represent the best in fishing, conservation and integrity. The BSCA, as part of its mandate, is actively identifying critical needs affecting the marine environment in general and the sportfishing industry, specifically.

Our mission is to promote conservation of habitats, marine life as well as a sustainable fishery in The Bahamas. Our overall goals are as follows:

To welcome all persons & organizations in the conservation effort in The Bahamas

  1. To develop, manage & support conservation programmes
  2. To advance the development of sound conservation principles
  3. To support the network of marine preserves
  4. To balance conservation with economic & recreational needs
  5. To advance ethical & professional standards among all stakeholders.

The BSCA focuses on the following specific goals:

  1. Increased education and public sensitivity
  2. Species and habitat protection
  3. Marine conservation and research
  4. Industry sustainability

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about us

The Bahamas Sport-fishing & Conservation Association (BSCA) was formed by a group of visionary Bahamian sport fishermen that represent the best in fishing, conservation and integrity. The BSCA, as part of its mandate, is actively identifying critical needs affecting the marine environment in general and the sport-fishing industry, specifically.

INCORPORATION

BSCA was incorporated under the Companies Act, 1992 of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in August 2003 as a non-profit organization with the primary objects being:

  1. To foster the development of sport-fishing & conservation
  2. To develop & manage a National Marine Conservation Programme,
  3. To foster & develop Bahamianization of the sport-fishing industry in The Bahamas
  4. To foster & develop scholarship for Bahamian students in the marine sciences
  5. In the same year, The Bahamas Sportfishing & Conservation Corporation (BSCC) was incorporated in the state of Texas of the United States of America as a non-profit organization.

The BSCA is governed by a Board of Directors that comprise a group of highly qualified Bahamian professionals in various fields of discipline including conservation, education, fly-fishing, business administration, real estate, legal, accounting and finance.

The BSCA has met all filing requirements in The Bahamas with the Registrar of Companies that is satisfied that the Association’s name is still on the Register of Companies and also that it has filed all required documents.

Under section 14(1) of the Companies Act, 1992, the BSCA is exempt from the payment of any fees and charges normally levied by the Government.

The BSCA received exemption from Federal Income Tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code since June 2005. Any contributions made to the BSCA are deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. The BSCA is also qualified to receive tax deductible requests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code.

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we believe in education

young maritime explorers

BSCA believes that in order to bring about conservation in The Bahamas, we, as a country, must work together. To fulfil our education mandate we have partnered with Young Marine Explorers. Visit the YME website or keep reading to learn about their educational philosophy.

The Problem? Governments throughout the world struggle to address and manage environmental resources. The Government of The Bahamas is no exception. As the population grows, and new responsibilities for environmental protection and protected area management emerge, Bahamians have to understand, support and comply with regulations that the Government with limited resources cannot enforce, such as unregulated coastal development, clearing of coastal plants, filling wetlands, illegal dumping and unregulated harvesting of marine resources are prevalent within The Bahamas[1, 2].

There are two main causes of environmental degradation in The Bahamas. The first is limited government investment in education, which results in poor educational output, especially in underserved communities. Underserved includes marginalized and disadvantaged populations like those in isolated island communities and urban ghettos. The Minister of Education, in his 2015 address to the 8th Inter-American Meeting of Education Ministers, disclosed that more than one-third of the current Bahamian workforce had failed to graduate from high school where the graduation rate in the public school system has been roughly 50% for the past 15 years [3]. The second cause is the limited capacity of governmental and non-governmental environmental organisations to monitor, restore, and manage natural resources.

A Solution. Young Marine Explorers (YME), a Bahamian non-profit organization, has a mission to educate and inspire youth to become the leaders needed to address the social, economic and environmental challenges of The Bahamas. YME has designed a program to address the two underlying causes of environmental degradation, dubbed the YME method.

The YME method involves educating, engaging, and inspiring youth through environmental education and leadership development. The YME program accomplishes this through experiential lessons and activities which reinforce formal classroom lessons. Experiential learning activities take a non-traditional Bahamian approach to education through student centered learning by activities, games, drama, art, and field exploration.

The Young Marine Explorers curriculum has been designed to support the Ministry of Education goal “To ensure that all persons in the commonwealth of The Bahamas develop physically, mentally, socially and spiritually in order to function responsibly and productively in an increasingly, dynamic, scientific, technological and complex society[4].” YME has taken a strategic and systematic approach to create and provide new opportunities for pubic school students to facilitate efforts to improve the quality of education that they receive and enable higher academic performance through environmental education

Anticipated Long-term Outcomes. Students to successfully complete the three-year YME program would be in a competitive position when qualifying for scholarships to post-secondary education institutions, or when seeking to become gainfully employed. It is expected that successful YME graduates will demonstrate:

  1. Improved performance on the Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education exams
  2. Increased number of students enrolled in post-secondary education
  3. Improved understanding of Bahamian laws and regulations
  4. Appreciation of the value of volunteerism
  5. Improved problem solving skills
  6. Improved professional skills for the work force
  7. Willingness to become environmentally aware citizens who remain actively involved in citizen science projects designed to monitor, protect and restore the countries biodiversity

 

Literature Cited:
Sealey, K.S., V.N. McDonough, and K.S. Lunz, Coastal impact ranking of small islands for conservation, restoration and tourism development: A case study of The Bahamas. Ocean & Coastal Management, 2014. 91(0): p. 88-101.
Shiel-Rolle, N., Monitoring Corals for Resource Management: A Bahamian Approach to Conservation utilizing Key Stony Corals. 2014, University of Edinburgh: Scotland.
Hartnell, N., Business ‘Screams’ Confirmed: 40% of Workers Can’t Compete, in The Tribune. 2015, Tribune Media: Nassau Bahamas.
MOEST, T.B.M.o.E.S.a.T. The Department of Education. 2013 March 31 2015]; Available from: http://www.bahamaseducation.com/aboutdept.asp.

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