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Conservation opportunities available to young Bahamians

Katelyn Cambridge and Stacy Pinder have completed their 100-day semester in Cape Eleuthera and will be interning at the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) and the Exuma Foundation in the Spring of 2019.

Additionally, BREEF and the Island School are now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholars (BESS) Program for motivated graduating high school students between the ages of 15 and 18 who are interested in learning more about the environment, conservation and sustainable systems as they transition from high school to university studies. Since the program’s inception, 44 BESS from schools throughout the country have participated in the program.

Cambridge and Pinder interned at BREEF as part of the BESS program. Both scholars attended the Eco-Schools Coordinators Workshop in October. In addition, they assisted BREEF by guiding students in nearshore field trips to coral reefs, mangroves and rocky shores during the BREEF Field Trip Block.

Cambridge taught students how to identify and survey fish and discussed how fish populations can help indicate reef health. She also attained her PADI Open Water Diver certification and completed a one-week seahorse research internship with Dr. Heather Mason Jones in Eleuthera.

Pinder helped to care for the corals in the BREEF coral nursery and assisted partners at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and Reef Rescue Network.

He attained his PADI Reef Rescue Diver certification and was also able to assist the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization on a research expedition studying whales and dolphins in Abaco.

Crashonda Garvey and Carlton Taylor were also awarded scholarships by the Island School for 2018-2019.

They completed their 100-day semester in Cape Eleuthera and will be interning at BREEF and the Exuma Foundation in the Spring of 2019. Persons wishing to apply can do so for BESS online at www.breef.org/youth-education/bess-programme/ Visit BESS on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/242bess/.

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