Finley Cay Conservation Project

Thank you for visiting the Finley Cay Island website. Finley Cay was once described as a jewel in the crown of the Bahamas. An islands is known in the Bahamas as a “Cay”. Finley Cay is the first island in the Exumas chain with the longest sandbar in the Caribbean.

Finley Cay was purchased by Justin Etzin to ensure that this beautiful island is protected in its natural state for many generations to come.

On this website you will find details of the Government approved project to create a private conservation along with all EIA, EMP and Public Consultation documents as well as our CEC approval which was given to us by the Department of Environmental Planning and Protection.

The Cay will now have a full time Island Custodian who will ensure that the island is kept private and as a nature conservation Reserve.

The buildings on Finley Cay will be powered by the sun and also hurricane proof allowing approved researches from One Ocean one future to study the wildlife that calls this paradise their home.

Since December 2017 when Justin Etzin acquired the Cay, his team have been consulting with the various stakeholders on how to achieve his vision and not only ensure minimal disturbance to the Cay but how to preserve the island in its natural state and to ensure the wildlife has what it needs to thrive.

In consultations with the Bahamas National Trust and other stake holders it was discussed that if we could operate a bird banding program and have a full time Island Custodian on the island to protect against illegal poaching, both initiatives would be of benefit to the Cay and the Bahamas.

With this advice our project is focused on protecting all the wildlife on the Cay and the surrounding habitat and creating a bird sanctuary with banding and educational facilities.

Please read through our website to see how we plan to achieve this and give back to Finley Cay and the wildlife that have created their home here.