BNT Thanks the Public for Voicing Concerns Over Suspected Illegal Activity Near Bonefish Pond National Park

BNT Thanks the Public for Voicing Concerns Over Suspected Illegal Activity Near Bonefish Pond National Park

Nassau, Bahamas – March 4th, 2024

On February 25th, The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) received several reports from concerned citizens about suspected environmentally harmful activities happening in the Bonefish Pond National Park area. The reports included an eyewitness account of fill being dumped into the wetland.

Following these reports, BNT teams immediately conducted aerial and on-the-ground patrols, confirming the activities were not occuring within the park boundaries. However, there is still concern about its effects on the fragile coastal wetland and marine environment at Bonefish Pond National Park. The BNT will continue to monitor the situation closely, and is in communication with nearby landowners who provide reports of suspicious activities in the vicinity of the park.

“We humbly thank our park stakeholders and concerned citizens who reported the activity and voiced their concerns for Bonefish Pond,” said Chantal Curtis, BNT Parks Planner and New Providence Parks Manager. “Because of their vigilance, we were able to quickly investigate the matter at hand. We’ll continue our weekly patrols to safeguard this precious national park.”

BNT Executive Director Lakeshia Anderson-Rolle said, “Although the area where the incident has taken place is outside of the park’s boundary, the concerns expressed by citizens show an increased awareness of the importance of conserving our wetlands, and the integrity of Bonefish Pond.

“The recent show of community stewardship inspires us, as local community support is an essential component of effective national park management and protection. It is our collective responsibility to ensure the protection of our nation’s natural beauty and biodiversity for future generations.”

The BNT thanks the public for keeping a watchful eye and voicing their concerns about activities impacting their national parks. We encourage the public to report suspected  illegal activity they see happening within or near national parks across The Bahamas, by contacting the BNT’s new Enforcement Hotline at (242) 396-0188.

To report suspected environmental violations outside of national park boundaries, the public should contact the Department of Environmental Planning & Protection (DEPP) at (242) 322-4546 or email:

To learn more about the role the BNT plays in managing terrestrial and marine national parks, conserving wildlife, and informing environmental policy, please visit its website: and follow/subscribe to its various social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.


Media Contact: Leah Carr | | (242) 429-7902

About the BNT:

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) was created by an Act of Parliament in 1959 to build and manage the national park system of The Bahamas. Possibly the only non-governmental organization in the world charged with such a responsibility, the BNT works daily to conserve and protect the natural resources of The Bahamas through science, stewardship and education for present and future generations. There are currently 33 National Parks managed by the BNT with more than 2 million acres of marine and terrestrial areas protected.

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