I don't know about the Bahamas, but here in Bermuda the reports from BIOS this summer was that our reefs
were in pretty good shape, with little of the coral
bleaching remaining from a few years ago.
The Bermuda platform, with an average depth
of about 20ft, is 200 sq mls, with only 19 above the surface.
I live right on the water
, with 300ft of waterfront that goes from drying out in our 4ft tide range, to a fall off of about 20ft depth
. Within that 300ft is everything from mangroves to rocky shore.
We have lots of turtle grass, which is quite delicate in its ability to survive anchors and such, thru to a brown lettuce-looking bottom cover.
The number of sea urchins, both short and long spine, seems to go thru a 5 yr cycle, same thing with Spanish scallops.
At my dock
, lots of Sergeant-majors, doctor fish
, red squirrels, small spiny lobsters and grey snappers.
Lots of brain coral
,big sea fans and all sorts of soft corals in great numbers off the shore in slightly deeper waters
dive any more (front brake lever in my right ear in a motocross accident
50yrs ago put stop to that) but do snorkel a lot-take only pictures,leave only bubbles.
I think,environmentally, we are pretty up to date in our national outlook. We could do better, we don't use holding tanks
, our boat concentration is relatively light, we dont have any industrial pollution, and of course, we owe a lot to the Gulf Stream
Come visit some time, we'll take Bluestocking and some cold ones, and go out in the reefs