About Bahamas

Bahamas consists of about 700 islands and numerous cays. Area: 5,382 sq mi (13,939 sq km). Population (2009 est.): 342,000. Capital: Nassau (on New Providence Island). The people are of African and European ancestry, a legacy of the slave trade. Language: English (official). Religion: Christianity (mostly Protestant; also Roman Catholic, other Christians). Currency: Bahamian dollar. Chief among the islands, from north to south, are Grand Bahama, Abaco, Eleuthera, New Providence, Andros, Cat, and Inagua; New Providence has most of the population. All are composed of coralline limestone and lie mostly only a few feet above sea level; the highest point is Mount Alvernia (206 ft [63 m]) on Cat Island. There are no rivers. The country’s market economy is heavily dependent on tourism, for which gambling is a particular attraction, and on international financial services. Most foodstuffs are imported from the U.S.; fish and rum are significant exports.

Contact Information:

Mrs. Gwendolyn Hammerton
Assistant Director of Agriculture
Ministry of Agriculture,
Marine Resources and Local Government
PO Box N 2038
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: 242 325 7502 Fax: 242 325 3960

IAS Work in Bahamas


Alifano, Aurora. 2012. Restoration of Allen Cay: A Feasibility Assessment for the Removal of Mice. Island Conservation.

Allen Cay, located in the Allen Cay’s of the Exuma Island Chain supports a breeding population…


Alifano, Aurora. 2012. Operational Plan for Eradication of House Mice (Mus musculus) from Allen Cay, Exuma Islands, Bahamas. Island Conservation.

This Operational Plan (an Unpublished document prepared for Bahamas National Trust (BNT), Nassau, Bahamas) for the…


Lionfish: Safe Capture, Handling & Cleaning (2014 Brochure)

View the brochure: Lionfish Safe Capture and Handling Brochure 2014 (PDF)


National Lionfish Response Plan

The mission of The National Lionfish Response Plan is to maintain the distinctiveness and diversity of…


Lionfish Flyer (Bahamas)

View the flyer: Lionfish Flyer (Bahamas) (PDF)


Critical Situation Analysis (CSA) of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) Status and Management, the Bahamas, 2013

This Critical Situation Analysis (CSA) provides a comprehensive view of the occurrence, trends and distribution of…


The Bahamas National Invasive Species Strategy 2013

The first National Invasive Species Strategy (NISS) was developed in 2002 and published in 2003. Ten…


The Bahamas’ Response to the Lionfish Invasion

The Bahamas and the rest of the Wider-Caribbean have been faced with the challenge of combating…