Remarkably efficient for a remote site like this, all 8 reefs are complete! Fish are colonizing rapidly. Some of the reefs have already been marked by local fishermen (see the bundle of floating bottles below) – they will surely be fished very intensely.
In fact, we have changed the entire deign of the project to take advantage of the great support we have here in Haiti. Instead of adding additional regions of the Caribbean, we are going to make a direct comparison between The Bahamas (lower fishing pressure) and Haiti (extremely high fishing pressure). In both areas we have/will construct reefs across gradients in nutrient loading (from human-based sources) and fish densities. That means we will be back to Abaco later this summer to add reefs to some additional sites.
We finished not not a second too soon…yesterday I came down with some mysterious illness. It may well be chikungunya, but hard to say. So I will be pretty much sleeping until departure tomorrow. Then back to Miami for Betsy’s Stoner’s dissertation defense!