Clifton Bay is home to a world famous reef system and seagrass beds. The bay is bordered by the over 200-acre Clifton Heritage National Park which has significant historic and cultural importance. The clear, sparkling waters of Clifton Bay provided the film setting for several of the most famous James Bond underwater scenes. Clifton Bay is also home to one of the few remaining public beaches, including Jaws Beach, still available to Bahamians living on New Providence Island.
Clifton-Western Bays Waterkeeper
Clifton-Western Bays Waterkeeper works to ensure the waters of the Clifton and Western Bays are safe for swimming and fishing for future generations.We are a proud member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, the world’s fastest growing environmental movement that has united more than 290 Waterkeeper organizations around the world, all working together to focus citizen action on issues that affect our waterways, from pollution to climate change.
Currently Clifton-Western Bays Waterkeeper is working to:Stop Oil Pollution in Clifton Bay. With the presence of a major power plant in the area, oil spills and waste oil leaching have been a regular occurrence. Such spills and the hot water outlets put tremendous pressure on the surrounding marine environment and local beaches. You can see the effects from oil washing up on Adelaide Beach on Sept. 11, 2014. Clifton-Western Bays Waterkeeper were alerted to the spill by affected citizens. Recently Save The Bays hosted a team of International Environmentalists who took a tour of Clifton Bay, see the video here:
Save The Bays also did an investigation on the oil going oil pollution problems in 2013:
Support the Creation of the West New Providence Marine Managed Area
The Bahamas does not currently have a marine managed area in its national park system to protect the vital coral reef ecosystems around New Providence Island, including those in Clifton Bay.
Save The Bays supports the Bahamas National Trust’s (BNT) proposal for the establishment of the West New Providence Marine Managed Area to protect the western portion of New Providence Island. Such a protected area would contribute significantly to our mission of preserving Clifton Bay and other common marine environments; particularly the area’s coral reefs where the risk of human impacts are the greatest.
As a world famous scuba diving mecca, the marine environment of New Providence Island draws thousands of tourists each year. It also serves as a key transshipment point for the country and is heavily used by recreational and sport fishermen. Increasing usage makes the establishment of a marine managed area essential to regulate and sustain the area’s sensitive natural resources.
BNT is recommending a multi-zoned management approach that would allow for continued sustainable fishing, tourism, transport and development activities while preventing further degradation of coral reefs and allowing for the replenishment of depleted marine resources.Read the Park Proposal: West-New-Providence-Marine-Managed-Area-Proposal-FINAL-
Save The Bays is the parent organization of the Clifton-Western Bays Waterkeeper and was licensed to operate the Clifton-Western Bays Waterkeeper program in March 2013.