BahamasIt consists of about 700 islands and numerous cays. Area: 5,382 sq mi (13,939 sq km). Population (2009 est.): 342,000. Capital: Nassau (on New Providence Island). The people are of African and European ancestry, a legacy of the slave trade. Language: English (official). Religion: Christianity (mostly Protestant; also Roman Catholic, other Christians). Currency: Bahamian dollar. Chief among the islands, from north to south, are Grand Bahama, Abaco, Eleuthera, New Providence, Andros, Cat, and Inagua; New Providence has most of the population. All are composed of coralline limestone and lie mostly only a few feet above sea level; the highest point is Mount Alvernia (206 ft [63 m]) on Cat Island. There are no rivers. The country’s market economy is heavily dependent on tourism, for which gambling is a particular attraction, and on international financial services. Most foodstuffs are imported from the U.S.; fish and rum are significant exports.

Contact Person(s):

Mrs. Gwendolyn Hammerton

Assistant Director of Agriculture Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government

PO Box N 2038 Nassau, Bahamas.

Tel: 242 325 7502 Fax: 242 325 3960



Invasive Alien Species List:


Materials and Resources:

Bahamas National IS Strategy: Bahamas National IS Strategy

Bahamas Biosecurity Strategy: Bahamas Biosecurity Strategy

How to Handle and Clean Lionfish: See Video

Sea Around Us Project Newsletter: Sea Around Us Project


Work being done in Bahamas:

Alifano, Aurora, R. Griffiths and W Jolley. 2012. Final Operational Report for the Removal of Introduced House Mice from Allen Cay, Exuma Islands, Bahamas. Island Conservation.

In May 2012, the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) together with Island Conservation (IC) undertook the removal of introduced House Mice (Mus musculus) from Allen Cay, Exuma Islands, Bahamas. The removal of mice was a necessary step in the restoration of the native environment of the cay, which is an important breeding and nesting site for […]

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Alifano, Aurora. 2012. Restoration of Allen Cay: A Feasibility Assessment for the Removal of Mice. Island Conservation.

Allen Cay, located in the Allen Cay’s of the Exuma Island Chain supports a breeding population of Audubon’s Shearwaters (Puffinus lherminieri lherminieri) and is home to the endangered Allen Cay Rock Iguana (Cyclura cychlura inornata). Currently the recovery of both of these species on Allen Cay is limited by the presence of introduced house mice […]

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Alifano, Aurora. 2012. Operational Plan for Eradication of House Mice (Mus musculus) from Allen Cay, Exuma Islands, Bahamas. Island Conservation.

This Operational Plan (an Unpublished document prepared for Bahamas National Trust (BNT), Nassau, Bahamas) for the eradication of introduced House mice (Mus musculus) from Allen Cay in the Exuma Islands, Bahamas outlines the operational structure and individual tasks and responsibilities required to implement and fulfil the goal and objectives of the proposed project. A number […]

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