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Mangrove Die-Off in the Marls Attributed to Several Factors

Ryann E. Rossi of North Carolina State University gave a presentation on, “A Closer Look at the Mangrove Die-Off in The Marls.” Rossi first defined what a mangrove is, and listed the benefits of mangroves in terms of being a nursery habitat for marine life, land accretion and carbon sequestration.

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Stingrays Important to Local Ecosystem

Speaking at the Friends of the Environment’s Abaco Science Alliance Conference on January 7, 2016, Owen O’Shea, associate research scientist at the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI), shared how the Shark Research and Conservation Program is trying to learn more concerning stingrays as so little research exists on them.

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Lionfish Threat to Environment Readdressed

Dr. Craig Layman’s presentation asked the question: “What if we are wrong about the lionfish invasion?” Looking at what an invasive species represents, Dr. Layman wanted to know if lionfish are truly causing severe harm to the marine environment because globally it is regarded as one of the most severe environmental threats in the Western Atlantic.

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The Christmas Village Brings Elbow Cay Together for Community Center

Hope Town Association Fundraising Committee for charity of Elbow Cay ended 2015 with a bang. The St. James Community Center has gone from a theory to proof that all things are possible. Now onto its second phase, the St. James Community Center is backed by some of the hardest working individuals in Hope Town. The building is still under construction, however, the exterior is completed and now the works of the interior have begun. It all started with a funding-meter shaped like a coconut tree located by the Post Office lamp pole in Hope Town to start off the awareness of the funding for the Community Center. Then along came the idea of The Christmas Village by Monica Cook, Rudy Verspoor and the Hope Town Association Fundraising Committee.

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Road Traffic Dept. Out of License Plates; New System Coming Online

Abaco, along with other islands in The Bahamas, is experiencing a shortage on vehicle license plates at the Road Traffic Department which is preventing persons with new vehicles from being able to license them.

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Central Abaco Council Meets with New Administrator on January 7

Chief Councillor George Cornish of Central Abaco held a joint meeting on January 7, 2016, of the Central Abaco Council, the three township committees and the statutory boards. It was held in the Prime Minister’s conference room at the government complex with only few attending. They were introduced to Administrator Charles Moss, Central Abaco’s newly appointed senior administrator.

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CHEC Assists North Abaco MP with Gift for the Elderly

China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) made a donation to Renardo Curry for the North Abaco Minister of Parliament’s Senior Citizen’s Christmas Event on December 18, 2015.

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Tickets for BASRA Fundraising GALA Now On Sale

BASRA’s Annual Fundraising Event is back and organizers do not want you to be the only one in the Abacos not there. This year’s fundraising gala for the Bahama Air Sea Rescue Association, sponsored by Veuve Clicquot and Hennessy, is happening Saturday, January 23 at the Abaco Inn on Elbow Cay.

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Roadwork to Begin Soon in Green Turtle Cay

In response to concerns outlined in a town meeting in Green Turtle Cay in late November with North Abaco Member of Parliament Renardo Curry, a technical crew from the Ministry of Works evaluated the scope of works for road repaving with work expected to begin early in 2016.

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Delta Connects Abaco to Atlanta Hub

Making their maiden voyage, a full Delta flight carrying 65 people, landed at Marsh Harbour International Airport on Saturday, December 19 bringing a new connection that is hoped will expand Abaco’s tourism market.

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