The Reefs in Haiti Survive

After almost a year trying to get our local collaborators to report on our reefs on Ile a Vache in Haiti, we finally got pictures this week.  As expected, with the extremely fishing pressure, just a few small fish are on this reef.  But surprisingly, with all of the human activity in the area (and thus presumably higher nutrient loading), the reefs remain quite clean and free of algae.  This is in stark contrast, for instance, to the reef in front of Eastern Shores on Abaco (fourth in the image sequence above).  Very anxious to see the other Haiti reefs and explore if this pattern holds – and try to figure why that may be.

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:15-05:00 May 5th, 2015|Categories: Artificial Reefs, Fish, Haiti, Nutrients|1 Comment

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Craig Layman
My lab’s interdisciplinary pursuits provide for a multi-faceted understanding of environmental change in the coastal realm. We are ecologists, asking questions that span population, community, ecosystem and evolutionary sub-disciplines. We often use a food web based perspective, exploring top-down (e.g., predation) and bottom-up (e.g., nutrient excretion) mechanisms by which animals affect ecosystem processes. All of our efforts are framed within a broader outreach framework, directly integrating science and education, using approaches such as this website.

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    Douglas June 5, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    When did you deploy the reefs??

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