The protected coastal areas include 840,472 of critical habitat where young sawfish live. These areas are characterized by shallow water (three feet deep or less) where the salinity of the water frequently fluctuates. Red mangroves grow in these areas, forming roots that hold in coastal sediments, protecting the shoreline from erosion during hurricane season.
The convergence of human and animal issues that takes place around the sawfish is just one example of how activism in one area can have an impact in many ways. Engage in a boycott of the Hilton hotel brands listed below, all connected to the company that decided to build the Bimini Bay Resort ecoblemish, and you’ll be taking action on environmental issues, local community issues, and issues of corporate accountability.
The Bimini Bay Resort and Casino isn’t just bad for the sawfish, and the other marine life of Bimini. It’s a profoundly idiotic project on a human level as well. Bimini is an extremely low-lying island, and with the protective mangroves gone, the Bimini Bay Resort and Casino could be swept away by the first significant hurricane to come along. Sea level rise with global warming will also threaten the development before long. Send a message that you will not tolerate corporations that profit from the destruction of marine ecosystems. Do not stay at any hotel connected to the above Hilton hotel brands.