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WIN-SPR 2018

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30 | Concurrently, awareness of the depletion of marine resources and the need for marine parks was growing throughout the world. Only a few marine parks existed prior to the 1960s, one being the Ft. Jefferson National Monument in the Florida Keys. In 1954, at the urging of the dive community, Don McCarthy of the Bahamas Development Board convinced the board to release a story endorsing the marine park concept. News of this reached Richard Pough who suggested to Tolstoy that the Exuma area designated by the Crown be expanded to a land and sea park. Fairfield Osborn, president of the New York Zoological Society (now Wildlife Conservation Society), agreed that the Conservation Foundation would sponsor the required survey and the Exuma Cays Project was born. Funds were quickly raised and the scientific team for the required survey was appointed. Representing The Bahamas were the Honorable Herbert McKinney and Director Oris Russell of the Bahamas Department of Agriculture and Marine Products. Others included: Ornithologist Robert P. Allen of the National Audubon Society; Superintendent Daniel Beard of the Everglades National Park; John O'Reilly of Sports Illustrated; ichthyologist Dr. John Randall of the University of Miami; coral scientist Dr. Donald Squires of the American Museum of Natural History; and photographer Russ Kinne of New York. Co-leaders of the team were Ilia Tolstoy and Dr. Carleton Ray of the New York Zoological Society. The survey lasted from January 22–28, 1958. The team's report followed in only a few weeks, concluding that the area had "outstanding natural values." In the words of project team member Daniel Beard, superintendent of the Everglades National Park: "There is a considerable degree of unity to the proposed area. It embraces all the territory, both land and sea, that is required for effective administration and continuing representation of its biological and geological resources. This is of the utmost importance in a biological park, of course, because failure to include an adequate biological 'unit' can negate the whole project." Members of the expedition exploring Hawksbill Cay. Photo courtesy of Bahamas National Trust.

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