NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) kicked off its events for World Oceans Month 2023 with a beach cleanup and snorkel on Saunders Beach in Western New Providence.
The theme for this year’s World Oceans Day, observed on June 8, is “Planet Ocean: Tides are Changing.”
“The experience has been really good. I was a bit nervous at first, but when I got in I had so much fun in the water,” said Trinity Hanna from Sandilands Primary School.
Sixth-grader, Kaia Lotimore, a Sybil Strachan Primary School student, said that she had been snorkeling with BREEF before and that she loves coming out to these events to learn more about the ocean.
“The snorkel was just amazing because when we went out there, we saw all kinds of fish inside the rocks and I kept wanting to get inside the rocks, just so I could touch one so it was really fun,” she explained.
Prime Minister Philip Davis has declared June 8 – June 14, 2023 National Ocean Protection Week in recognition of World Oceans Day and in celebration of The Bahamas’ 50th anniversary of independence.
Within the proclamation, Davis highlighted The Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF), Waterkeepers Bahamas, Waterkeepers Alliance and partners who are working to protect our oceans.