Joulter Cays

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Joulter Cays are small uninhabited islands to the north of Andros Island in the Bahamas. Oolitic sand dominates the intertidal zone around the small islands that are covered with vegetation.

Coordinates: 25°16′N 78°07′W / 25.267°N 78.117°W / 25.267; -78.117

The Joulter Cays were designated as an Important Bird Area for the endangered piping plover and short-billed dowitcher in 2012. The National Audubon Society's International Alliances Program and the Bahamas National Trust was working together to establish, in 2015, the Joulter Cays as a national park.[1] The islands are known as a flyfishing destination for bonefish and permit (fish).[2]

Matt Jeffery, Deputy Director of Audubon’s International Alliances Program, called Joulter Cays a true paradise and treasure of the Bahamas, rich in birds, fisheries, and other wildlife.[1] However, some local residents are concerned that a national park status would prohibit their bonefish guiding service to tourists.[3]


  1. ^ a b Anadon, Veronica (June 11, 2013). "Establishing Joulter Cays IBA as a National Park in the Bahamas". Bird Life International. Retrieved March 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Fly Fishing Andros Island in the Bahamas". Copyright ©1998-2007, The Flyfishing Connection. Retrieved March 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ Wise, Cat (February 17, 2015). "Why scientists want to protect the piping plover’s winter home". © 1996 - 2015 NewsHour Productions LLC. Retrieved March 20, 2015.