Metal Shark, BNT Join Forces
Metal Shark continues to build on its successful business platform, announcing that it has partnered with the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) to support the preservation of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, home to the second-largest coral barrier reef in the western hemisphere spanning 176 square miles in the Exumas region of the Bahamas.
The partnership entails Metal Shark supporting the park’s full-time staff and volunteers by providing boats, technical assistance, and funding to support research, conduct wildlife inventories, and patrol the park’s waters to guard against poaching and to prevent damage to the fragile ecosystem.
BNT is currently working with Dean Jones, Metal Shark’s VP of Sales for Law Enforcement, Fire Rescue, and Specialty Projects, and the Metal Shark Engineering Team, to optimize the designs of several popular Metal Shark platforms to allow for long-term service in the unforgiving Bahamian environment, with a minimal environmental footprint.
“Vessels of interest to the BNT range from patrol boats for fisheries enforcement, to customized landing craft for habitat restoration, mooring maintenance, and other projects,” said Jones. “In each case, we’re working closely with BNT and Exuma Cays officials to assure optimal mission compatibility over the long haul. Any one of these vessels would represent a significant and beneficial upgrade over the secondhand vessels currently being used by the park.”