Andros Conservancy and Trust (ANCAT) Bahamas

ANCAT
The Andros Conservancy and Trust Bahamas

ANCAT’s Mission

To protect, preserve, enhance, and restore the natural resources of Andros Island and its marine environment through education, conservation and management for future generations.

History of ANCAT

The Andros Conservancy and Trust (ANCAT) Bahamas is a non-governmental, non-profit organization, founded in 1999 to protect, preserve, enhance, and restore Andros Island’s natural resources and marine environment for future generations. ANCAT was initially formed in 1997 by a group of concerned local government representatives, bonefishing guides, and resort owners who felt the need for greater local and national commitment to preserve Andros’ vulnerable natural resources. We are governed by a ten member Board of Directors comprised of a cross-section of local community members.

Over the years our major accomplishments have included helping achieve protection status for grouper spawning aggregations, assisting in establishing the 283,000 acre Central Andros National Park System, and in obtaining and implementing conservation projects in the Central Andros National Parks. Our strength lies in working at both the grass-roots level to involve local communities in conservation efforts, and in partnering with a variety of national and international partners.

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Andros Island

Andros Island is the largest island of the Bahamian archipelago; its land area is greater than that of all the other Bahamian islands combined. Andros Island’s diverse ecosystems include freshwater and marine blue holes, the coral barrier reef, extensive mangrove flats, tidal creeks, wetlands and extensive pine forests. While the island’s abundance of natural resources and endangered species make it a conservation priority; its low human population density and broad local support for such action presents a great opportunity to advance protection efforts.

Andros is 104 miles long and 45 miles wide. North and Central Andros are separated from South Andros by three tidal creeks - North, Middle and South Bights. The eastern shoreline of Andros is bordered by the Tongue of the Ocean, a 6,000 feet deep abyss that separates Andros from New Providence. A fringing barrier reef runs for more than 120 miles along the Tongue of the Ocean. The western side of the island is surrounded by shallow waters overlying the Great Bahama Bank.

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Spring 2014 Newsletter

Fall 2013 Newsletter

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Winter 2012-13 Newsletter

Autumn 2012 Newsletter

Summer 2012 Newsletter

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Autumn 2011 Newsletter

Summer 2011 Newsletter

Spring 2011 Newsletter

Winter 2011 Newsletter

Autumn 2010 Newsletter

Summer 2010 Newsletter

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What's happening at ANCAT?

Coral Nursery

Eco Corner at Crab Fest 2013

Ancat Summer Eco School

Cans for kids: island recycling

Restoration in Fresh Creek

For more information please do not hesitate to contact us at ancatoffice@gmail.com or call 1-242-368-2882.

 

Grants received from :
Eco Ed Foundation, Cable Bahamas Cares, The Nature Conservancy, Lyford Cay Foundation, Royal Bank of Canada, Save the Bays Coalition, Scotiabank, Commonwealth Bank
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