San Salvador Island
Signage and touch tanks, in support of the ongoing conservation of the 17,000-acre San Salvador Island Protected Areas
Tourists flock to San Salvador Island’s 30 popular dive sites. The sites showcase a wide range of habitats, from elkhorn coral reefs to spectacular wall communities. Protected areas include habitat for the critically endangered San Salvador rock iguana (supported by a Seacology-funded iguana headstart facility in 2011), mangroves, and seagrass beds. They also boast the greatest diversity of seabirds of anywhere in the Bahamas. Local NGOs and community members are pressing the government to declare the area a National Land and Sea Park System.
Working with the Bahamas Reef Environment Education Foundation, (BREEF), Seacology is funding signage at the San Salvador Airport to educate visitors on their way to the protected areas. In addition, Seacology is providing funds for two portable touch tanks. BREEF will use the touch tanks to engage visitors at the airport and children at local schools. Locals will get to touch a cushion star, sea urchin, living tulip shell, and other species – a rare experience for most San Salvadorian children.
- December 2017
- The touch tank continues to be well used in environmental education efforts. Students from Georgia College International Education Center recently went to San Salvador and used the touch tank in...
- November 2017
- With a BREEF-trained teacher in every school across the country, this project has come to a successful close. The Seacology-funded touch tank was a key element in teacher training as well as...
- May 2017
- The touch tank and interpretive signs were unveiled during an event at the San Salvador International Airport on May 18. About 80 people attended the opening. Our partner, the Bahamas Reef...
- January 2017
- The touch tank (“Sea Bus”) has been shipped and assembled. (The original project called for two touch tanks, but our partner later decided that only one large tank was needed,) BREEF is...
- May 2016
- Installation of the touch tanks, delayed when Hurricane Joaquin destroyed the San Salvador airport, should happen in June. Our partner, Bahamas Reef Environment Education Foundation, (BREEF) will...
- January 2016
- This project was on track—and then Hurricane Joaquin hit in October 2015, battering the island for 72 hours. The storm seriously damaged the airport, where the signs were to be put up, and the...