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Sharks Can Make You Rich

New socio-economic study on the value of sharks in The Bahamas (paper here). The paper Abstract summarizes the findings well:

Elasmobranch populations in The Bahamas offer a unique juxtaposition to the widespread decline of many species around the world, largely due to management and conservation initiatives implemented over the last 25 years. Several industries have been built around the diverse […]

By |February 18th, 2017|Categories: economy, Featured, sharks, tourism|0 Comments

‘Seagrass ecosystems reduce exposure to bacterial pathogens of humans, fishes, and invertebrates’

An interesting new Science article just came out discussing the important ecosystem services seagrass meadows provide.  Click here to read the article. Abstract is below.  […]

By |February 17th, 2017|Categories: seagrass|Tags: , |0 Comments

Mosquitofish Risky Business

A day of guest posts – this from Justa Heinen-Kay. Thanks Justa!

Imagine yourself walking down a street in a town known for its low crime rate. How would you behave? Would you explore new areas? Would you walk by yourself? Now imagine yourself walking down a similar street, but in a neighborhood known to have a high murder rate. Would […]

By |February 16th, 2017|Categories: Blue Holes, Fish|1 Comment

Lobster, clams and chemistry

Guest post from Nicholas Higgs at the University of Plymouth. Thanks Nick!

New research by Bahamian marine scientist Dr Nick Higgs and colleagues has shown that Caribbean spiny lobsters (aka crawfish) get a big chunk of their food from an unusual source. The lobsters hunt down a particular species of clam in seagrass beds that get their energy from chemosynthesis. This helps explain how lobsters […]

By |February 16th, 2017|Categories: Featured, lobster|0 Comments

‘Tiny Grazers Could Help Save Caribbean Reefs’

Some positive news for our Caribbean coral reefs! Research from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute reports that small algae-eating fish and sea urchins may be taking the place of Diadema, a large sea urchin that suffered severe declines in the 1970s from a widespread disease. Read HERE for more details.

 

By |January 15th, 2017|Categories: Coral, Fish, Invertebrates|Tags: , |0 Comments

‘What will happen to the Bahamas when all the Conch is gone?’

“Let’s think about tomorrow, there are some simple rules to follow: preservation, moderation, we need some Conchservation. Conch Gone!”

Under the direction of Lavado Stubbs, ConchBoy films, with several musicians, a new music video came out today to help the conservation of conch for The Bahamas (article here). A widespread effort between entertainers and several conservation and management organizations throughout The Bahamas to give us a glimpse of our future if ‘we do not come together to conserve our precious resource’.  If you need a quick pick me up on this Friday with a great message and tune to go along with it, click HERE!

If you would like to be apart of the Conchservation movement, please sign BNT’s petition HERE to help protect baby conch in The Bahamas.

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By |January 13th, 2017|Categories: Conch, conservation, Current Events, Education, Featured|Tags: , , |1 Comment

More secrets revealed from the Abaco blue holes

Thanks to Nancy Albury for this post! It continues to be remarkable what they are discovering in these systems.

Ancient DNA Extracted from Extinct Bahamian Tortoise

In recent decades, Bahamian blue holes and the fossils discovered within, have prompted scientists and the public to reconsider their understanding of the Bahamian natural environment. Research into the past environment of the Bahamas continues with […]

By |January 12th, 2017|Categories: Blue Holes|0 Comments
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Transforming seawalls with fake mangroves

A research group from University of Kansas are investigating an interesting way to transform manmade structures in our waterways. Dr. Keith Van de Reit and students have added fake red mangrove panels to a seawall in Fort Myers, FL. They plan to monitor the fake mangroves to see whether they will attract marine organisms that utilize mangrove roots for […]

By |December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Mangroves and Creeks, Restoration|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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Mangroves worth billions just by capturing Carbon

A recent study found that mangroves within Everglades National Park store between $2 billion and $3.4 billion dollars of Carbon. See abstract below and links to popular news articles here and here.

“Old growth mangroves in existing protected areas store more carbon than restored forests or plantations. Carbon storage in such forests has economic value independent of additionality, offering opportunities […]

By |December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Mangroves and Creeks|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Exotic Termite Introduction to Abaco

Came across this short paper about a termite introduction on Abaco. Here is another paper by the same author that describes how the initial introduction of this species in Florida was one of the first exotic introductions for any termite species. And if you are a real termite geek, here is the taxonomic guide for the group […]

By |December 21st, 2016|Categories: Invasive Species|0 Comments