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BLUE ACTION LAB

Based on the island of Grand Bahama, 'Conservation Cove' by Blue Action Lab is a living laboratory that connects local and international innovators, scientists, NGOs, students & community members to build the blue economy for future generations.  ​

Blue Action Lab, a non-profit organization, implements climate resilient technologies and ecosystem restoration projects with coordinated workforce development and internship programs to create opportunities for Bahamians in the blue and green economy

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The country has experienced rising sea levels, increased frequency and intensity of hurricanes, coastal erosion, biodiversity loss and other climate related challenges. These impacts have had severe consequences on the environment, infrastructure, economy, and the livelihoods of the people of The Bahamas

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We develop climate nature-based solutions specifically tailored to low-lying islands, where the impacts of rising sea levels and extreme weather events are detrimental. Through innovative science and technologies, we aim to enhance the resilience of these vulnerable islands, safeguarding their ecosystems, communities, and infrastructure from the adverse effects of climate change

At Blue Action Lab we believe that local grassroot transformation fuels global impact.  By leveraging our collective knowledge and expertise, we strive to create a positive impact on the environment and offer educational programs and jobs in these local communities

PROJECTS

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CORAL VITA: THE WORLD'S FIRST LAND BASED CORAL FARM FOR REEF RESTORATION

Coral Vita was the original Blue Action Lab test case, where we supported two social entrepreneurs who are working to restore the world's dying coral reefs through a novel business model to scale impact.

Blue Action Lab provided operational support, contracts, advice on regulation and permitting to facilitate commercialization of the business within 12 months of initiation.  This has culminated in improved local reef health, new blue economy jobs and education opportunities for Bahamians, the winning of the internationally acclaimed Earthshot Prize, and multi million dollar contracts for reef restoration around the world.  Coral Vita continues to be a cornerstone business operating at Conservation Cove, by Blue Action Lab in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

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MANGROVE MANIA: MANGROVE RESTORATION WITH A COMMUNITY FOCUS

Blue Action Lab facilitated a large grant in partnership with local partners and NGOs, including Waterkeepers Bahamas, Coral Vita, Earthcare and the University of The Bahamas-North to restore the damaged mangroves in the north shore of Grand Bahama.  Led by Waterkeepers Bahamas, we have developed a world-class education facility and nursery to facilitate large scale mangrove replanting and conservation.  This is the precursor to the development of blue carbon credits in The Bahamas.  The project has planted over 50,000 mangroves to date.

Queen Conch hatchery at Queen Conch project at Blue Action Lab

QUEEN CONCH PROJECT: THE RESTORATION OF A DECLINING CONCH FISHERY

With funding support from Builders Initiative, Blue Action Lab has partnered with Dr. Megan Davis and her world-leading queen conch aquaculture program, the Queen Conch Lab at Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, to establish a community-based queen conch hatchery in Grand Bahama. The hatchery will help restore the threatened conch fishery in The Bahamas and provide educational resources, including programs for primary and secondary students and internships for University of The Bahamas marine science students. Through collaboration with our local fishing communities, the mobile hatchery will serve as a steppingstone to the growth of the Bahamian sustainable aquaculture industry.

Photo: Bahamas National Trust, Great Exuma Mobile Hatchery
Carbon to Sea Bergen part of Blue Action Lab

CARBON TO SEA: THE REMOVAL AND STORAGE OF CO2

Carbon to Sea is the leading initiative to evaluate whether ocean alkalinity enhancement can safely remove and store billions of tons of CO2.  Blue Action Lab, in partnership with the Cape Eleuthera Institute, has been chosen as a project partner to create a center of excellence for OAE (Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement) testing in The Bahamas.

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