The Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute Ltd (BAMSI) has partnered with the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (UM/RSMAS) on education, research, and training.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that formalises the relationship was executed during a signing ceremony held at the Rosenstiel School on Virginia Key.
Attending the signing for the University of Miami were Humberto Speziani, assistant vice-president of financial operations; Dr Roni Avissar, dean of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS); Dr Nelson Ehrhardt, professor, RSMAS; and Dr Jerald Ault, professor, RSMAS.
Representing BAMSI were Godfrey Eneas, its president, and Dr Vallierre Deleveaux, director of marine science.
The BAMSI college campus is being built in North Andros, as the school bids to become a college institution awarding Associate of Science degrees, diplomas and skills certificates in marine sciences and agriculture.
BAMSI also aims to create a tutorial commercial farm, which will include crop and livestock enterprises, the production of fresh fruits, condiments, fish, meat and value-added processed items, primarily sold to the Bahamian domestic market.
BAMSI’s ultimate goal is to show Bahamians that the production of farm and fish products is financially and commercially self-sustainable.
Students will engage in classroom education and practical approaches to give hands-on learning in the agriculture and marine science areas.