Support is quickly mounting for a petition against the consideration and granting of a $2.1 billion proposal for the development of agriculture and fisheries in Andros that was pitched to the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources by the government’s ambassador to China. The petition, titled “Bahamians Against Chinese Fishing” was created last Thursday [3 November 2016] by environmentalist and ReEarth Director Sam Duncombe amid revelations that the Bahamas Embassy in China was given the nod to discuss the deal with Chinese investors…Full Article: Tribune 242 Nov 2016
- If approved, 100 Sino-Bahamian jointly owned companies would lease and fish 10,000 acres [~4,046 hectares] of Andros Island [largest island of the Bahamas].
- Andros Island is known for its lobster (custracean), snapper (fish), grouper (fish), conch (mollusk), but China may also catch Wahoo (aka ono), tuna, marlin, king mackerel (aka kingfish), and dolphin.
- In April 2003, China and the Bahamas signed an Ocean Shipping Agreement
- In May 1997, China and the Bahamas formally established diplomatic relations.