This past week was Homecoming for rock Sound, Eleuthera. Homecoming is a gathering within a settle or on an island where people ‘go home’ to their family island (any island outside of New Providence) for a few days of celebration, music, food, family and friends.
Sustainabale Fisheries, Deep Sea Exploration and Sharks research programs were there holding the fort, bringing all ages and occupations to the table to learn about what we do and the opportunities for Bahamians at CEI. We talked heavily on the invasive species of lionfish, educating all on the venomous verses poisonous, their health benefits, and the increasing jewelry market for them. Deep Sea and Sharks strutted their stuff with a show of some interesting creatures they haul up from the deep sea (anything beyond 200M in depth).
Fishermen came around wanting to learn more about our YOU SLAY WE PAY campaign down at the Institute. Our very own Alexio (Sustainable fisheries Research Assistant) and Christina (Sharks Intern SP15) getting down and nitty gritty with them on the growing market for Lionfish.
It was a success, with many newly informed and interested in the research of The Bahamas. Once all was done we packed up, we danced the rest of evening, enjoying food, music, and embracing my culture.
Have you ever been to a Bahamian event? What did you expect and how was it met? Let me know in the comments below.
Until next year 🙂