EShare Programs 2017

1.   Lionfish Fisheries Program

OCA has developed a unique lionfish “fishery program”, that directly and immediately creates economic opportunity for a large number of the local community. The program shows that removal of lionfish is an effective management tool to protect and preserve the biodiversity of the Bahamas native fish life, and a much welcome and needed addition to the local economy! Annual fishery purchase program are available to licensed Bahamian commercial fisherman only.  The program works to identify the best catch strategies and equipment, organize workshops with the commercial fishing community, while together working to create a “New Fishery” for the economy.

2.   Rapid Ecological Assessment (REA) for proposed Long Island  Marine Protected Area (MPA)

Based on the Nov 18-19, 2013 and July 25-27, 2016 LI community stakeholder meetings,  in referance to the establishment of the proposed 257,000 acre Long Island Marine Management Area (LIMMA), and in direct response to a recommendation by the University of Florida Conservation Clinic Levin College of Law. In direct relation to the area defined by the stakeholders as a Multi Use Marine Management Area, we are required to perform a Rapid Ecological Assessment of this area. This assessment is to be preformed under the authority of he Bahamas National Trust and the Bahamas Govt and is required to submit to the Bahamas Government; Minister of Environment, Hon. Kenred Dorsett. This necessary assessment provides critical habitat data needed to pass legislation.

3.   Nassau Grouper Annual Tagging Program

OCA has recommended to Dr. Craig Dahlgren that it would be of great benefit to the Nations Fishery data to establish an annual Nassau Grouper Tagging program within the proposed LIMMA. OCA and it’s partners will utilize proven methods of trap fishery to gather NG data. Locally hired field operators will weigh, measure, photo ID, Collect DNA and tag Nassau Grouper.

4.   Nassau Grouper – Bahamas Grouper Moon Program

Under the authority and guidance of lead scientist Dr. Craig Dahlgren working in collaboration with the Bahamas National Trust, OCA will conduct research around the Southern Bahamas at the largest known Nassau Grouper SPAG remaining on the planet. In December Jan & Feb Full Moon phases. This is in follow up to our 2014 successful Grouper Moon Expedition. The mission will be to collect data on numbers and health of the species while filming the Spawning Aggregation activities, like never before utilizing manned submersibles, and the expert dive team aborad the “R/V Go America”. This is a Historic Mission. For funding opportunities please inquiry to OCA Director Joseph Ierna Jr at

6.   Coral Nursery Restoration Program

In collaboration with Dr. Craig Dahlgren and Secore International, OCA has establish a Coral Nursery Restoration Program, located within the proposed 215,000 acre Long Island Marine Protected Area. This program is to be carried out as a nationally sanctioned program in collaboration with the Bahamas National Trust.



On the recommendation of the UF-Conservation Clinic, Levin College of Law, MPAnews, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Guy Harvey, The Bahamas National Trust and many others…OCA has established our unique Eshare programs to grow a broad community involvement, locally, nationally and internationally, of the proposed 215,000 acre Long Island Marine Management Area (LIMMA) and the OCA Research and Education Facilities. All funds generated by our EShare programs are utilized in conjunction with the proposed Facility and LIMMA; necessary to operate our facility, carry out expeditions, purchase equipment, and operate the business as needed.  The EShare programs as listed works along with with policymakers, Govt. agencies, researchers, scientists, educators and the broader community towards best management, repairing and protection of their environment!

Special note: For funding opportunities on any of our programs with detailed operations and cost breakdown available on request by contacting: