Bahamas. The credit rating agency Standard & Poor's
lowered Bahamas credit rating during the year. The main
reason was the dependence on the failing tourism, mostly
from the US. The industry accounted for over half of both
GDP and employment.
Countryaah official site, an alarming increase in violent crime was reported. The
number of murders exceeded 100 for the first time, and the
limit was passed already in September when three months
remained of the year. The waters around the Bahamas became a
protected zone for sharks with a law passed in July. In
addition to fishing, the ban also covers the sale, import
and export of products made from shark. According to
environmental groups, the world's sharks are threatened, not
least because of the demand for shark fins, which in China
are considered a delicacy.