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Bahamas weekly fishing report from Harbourside Marine
Submitted by Harbourside Marine   

Fishing report as of October 9, 2014

West End - Captain Scott Sherouse with a wahoo caught while cruising from West End to Freeport.Nassau: The charter captains report catching a few mahi offshore. There have also been a few small wahoo caught.
Adam Russell, Chubasco Charters,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Teddy Pratt www.fishing242charters.com    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Nicholas Pinder, Born Free Chaters, www.bornfreefishing.com
Mark Kooskalis, North Shore Charters,   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Dwayne Treco, Morinin' Ride Charters, www.morninridecharters.com

North Exuma, Highbourne Cay: No Reports.
Highbourne Cay Marina   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

North Eleuthera: There have been some big yellowfin tuna and mahi caught at "Wide Open".
Devon Sawyer   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Jeff Fox, Ocean Fox Charters  www.oceanfoxfishingbahamas.com
South Eleuthera, Cape Eleuthera: No reports.
Leon Gibson   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Al J Curry, Ocean Fox Charters. www.oceanfoxcottonbay.com

Andros: There have been a few mahi caught in the southern end of "The Tongue of the Ocean".
Rosewell Rahming "Reel Tight Charters" www.androsbahamasfishing.com

Abaco: There are reports of wahoo caught off of north Abaco up to Walkers Cay.
Glen Kelly, Schooner Bay. www.schoonerbaybahamas.com or www.blackflylodge.com
Kevin Sawyer, Island Boy Tackle www.islandboytackle.com
Treasure Cay Marina: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Long Island, Clarence Town: No reports.Flying Fish Marina   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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BREEF's underwater museum an ecotourism 1st for the Bahamas
Submitted by Derek W. Smith   

Virtuoso Man: Designed and built by the brainchild of BREEF’s Coral Reef Sculpture Garden – international Bahamian artist Willicey Tynes.NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation says their multi-phase Sir Nicholas Nuttall Coral Reef Garden now allows the Bahamas to boast of the “world’s largest undersea artificial sculpture”. Additionally, when completed would be a $500,000 investment into ecotourism.

Casuarina McKinney-Lambert, BREEF’s executive director said that our underwater museum is an eco-friendly addition to the Bahamas’ growing ecotourism product.

“The Bahamas was already home to the world’s deepest blue hole and the third longest fringing barrier reef,” said McKinney-Lambert. “Now we have the world’s newest coral reef garden located off the western tip of New Providence that incorporates many stunning works of art; The centerpiece being ‘Bahamian Ocean Atlas’ – a 60 ton and over 17 feet tall sculpture handcrafted by internationally renowned sculptor, Jason DeCaires Taylor.”

A leading dive operator expressed that the coral reef sculpture garden is a “must see for all”. Stuart Cover, owner of Stuart Cove Dive Bahamas said, “I expect huge interest not only from divers and snorkelers but also the international press.”

Similar projects such as Museo Subacuatico de Arte (MUSA), located just off Cancun, Mexico has within 5 short years ranked in the “top 10 things to do in Cancun” by Tripadvisor.com and is noted by Forbes as “one of the world’s most unique travel destinations” attracting over 450,000 visitors each year.

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VIPs pack Chamber event at Palm Cay to mix, mingle and meet Carnival chief
Submitted by DP&A   

Welcome – Chamber of Commerce CEO Edison Sumner welcomes Lisa Johnson, Charges d’affaires at the American Embassy, to the VIP event at Palm Cay. L-r, Zack Bonczek, Palm Cay, Diane Phillips, pr executive and Arnold Donald, President and CEO Carnival Corp. and guest of honour. NASSAU, Bahamas -- More than 150 people packed the Billfish Grill at Palm Cay for the recent Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation’s ‘Wind Down,’ its annual mix and mingle for business owners, top executives and civic leaders.

The drawing card – one of America’s most prominent success stories, Arnold W. Donald, President & CEO of Carnival Corp., the massive cruise line company he has steered for less than two years, sailing through challenges to emerge as a $33 billion corporation with nine cruise ship brands and 121,000 employees.

Donald’s visit to The Bahamas, along with other Carnival execs, was arranged by the American Embassy. Donald used the occasion to remind the audience and media of the company’s role as the number one provider of visitors to the country – including 95% of all cruise passengers to Grand Bahama and 65% to Nassau, but he also urged care and attention to costs, security and overall visitor experience.

Reason to smile – American Embassy Charges d’affaires Lisa Johnson greets colleague Hank Ferguson at the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce mix and mingle at Billfish Grill at Palm Cay recently. More than 150 attended the event with guest speaker Carnival Corp President & CEO Arnold Donald whose visit was arranged by the Embassy. Also sponsoring – Bahamas First, BTC, Callenders law firm, John Bull, NUA and Palm Cay.  Recognized as one of the top 50 most influential black executivies in America, Donald got his first taste of the cruise business as a passenger as a young man and after heading up numerous other successful businesses and serving on presidential, hospital and university boards, took over the reins of the world’s largest leisure cruise business in June 2013 from Micky Arison who continues as chairman.

Sponsors for the event included Bahamas First, BTC, Callenders, John Bull, NUA and Palm Cay. BTC President Leon Williams, who also addressed the crowd, announced the telecomm company would soon introduce mobile TV.  

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Hundreds expected for massive Freedom of Information block party October 25
Submitted by DP&A   

Freedom Call – FNM Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis supporting Freedom of Information legislation at a rally in Rawson Square that drew representatives from some 20 organizations representing more than 60,000 members. A block party reinforcing the need for transparency in government is set for Charlotte Street South Saturday, October 25. NASSAU, Bahamas -- A massive downtown Nassau street party aimed at creating an urgent call for transparency in government transactions is expected to draw a capacity crowd Saturday, October 25.

Set for Charlotte Street South from 3 to 8 pm, the block party with a cause is part of an increasingly vocal campaign for a Freedom of Information Act. It is being organized by Save The Bays in partnership with a combination of diverse business and civic groups including the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation, Citizens for a Better Bahamas and the Coalition for Responsible Taxation with numerous sponsors including Van Breugel’s Restaurant, Bristol Wine & Spirits and Sands.

“The momentum demanding passage of a Freedom of Information Act is gaining strength every week with more individuals and groups signing petitions, talking about transparency and urging legislation that will prevent all governments – not just this government, but all governments -- from engaging in secret deals in which the very public being affected do not even have the right to participate in decision-making that will impact their lives,” said Joseph Darville, Education Director for Save The Bays. “The public has a right to know and to participate in the public’s business.”

Darville’s claim of growing momentum in the demand for transparency is supported by the activity Save The Bays, the Chamber of Commerce and other groups have experienced. More than 6,000 people have signed the online petition at www.savethebays.bs calling for passage of a Freedom of Information Act, an Environmental Protection Act and other measures and Save The Bays’ Facebook page has set a record for a local non-governmental organization with more than 17,000 friends and fans.

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Stakeholders in water industry encouraged to find ‘innovative’ ways to assist people
Written by BIS   

Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie addresses some 300 delegates at the 23rd Annual Conference & Exhibition of the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association during the opening ceremony held October 6 at Atlantis, Paradise Island.  Pictured third left is Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Philip Davis.  The theme for the weeklong event is ‘Water, Waste and Energy in the Caribbean.’ (BIS Photo/Peter L. Ramsay)NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie said the issue of water is chief on the nation’s agenda: given the amount of development taking place in the country, water and water conservation methods are key issues that must be addressed in order to keep up with development.

Mr. Christie made the statement while addressing some 300 delegates of the 23rd Annual Conference & Exhibition of the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association during the opening ceremony, October 6 at Atlantis, Paradise Island. The theme for the weeklong the event is ‘Water, Waste and Energy in the Caribbean.’

Prime Minister Christie told the delegates that climate change was recently described as the defining issue of the twenty-first century. Countries such as The Bahamas must do ‘their part’ in the quest to ensure that natural resources such as water are accessible to all citizens.

Encouraging innovation towards finding positive solutions, he noted: “Despite our challenges, we must ask ourselves whether or not we can do more to give more of our people access to basic privileges that they do not have, or do not have enough of. That is our quest in The Bahamas -- to see the disparities of development, of wealth, the differences that exist in our islands; that people have access to water, electricity and other resources.”

Also in attendance was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, the Hon. Philip Davis who also delivered remarks.

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