Officially law last year (see here), Nassau grouper fishing season is closed in The Bahamas from December 1st to February 28th. This is to help populations recover and stop unsustainable fishing practices on their spawning aggregations. Let us all do our part and help spread the word.
An exciting new publication just came out helping us better understand Nassau grouper populations in The Bahamas (article here). Using acoustic telemetry data, Dr. Craig Dahlgren and others recorded the movements of different sized Nassau grouper to examine when and where individuals would migrate to spawning aggregations. They found that individuals did not migrate to aggregation sites until they […]
Here is a short summary of the upcoming plans in restoring hard, reef–building coral species into the Caribbean and along the southern Floridian coastline. Click here to see what restoration initiatives Mote Marine Lab, The Nature Conservancy, and several other U.S. and international partners have for our coral reefs.
Check out the latest coral reef restoration efforts in The Bahamas. Click here for article.
The U.S. now recognizes Nassau grouper as a Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act. Nassau grouper have been heavily harvested throughout its native range and many efforts are being placed to recover their populations (see here and here ). Along the Florida coastline they are considered to be commercially extinct, meaning their abundance is too low to harvest. This is […]
‘To unify shark conservation efforts worldwide, marine life experts have just launched a new database containing information on some of the planet’s most threatened sharks.
The online tool, called the “Database of measures on conservation and management of sharks,” also includes information on threatened skates, rays and chimaeras, which are all related to sharks. It was created by FAO-CITES, […]
Last week out in the field working on our grouper movement project (see here for background) we found an interesting ectoparasite in the gills of a Nassau grouper. After expelling the tiny shrimp-like parasites from the grouper’s gills with a bilge pump, we counted about 800-900 individuals that were each about the size of a flea. We collected a […]
The Nassau grouper, Epinephelus striatus, is an iconic species here in The Bahamas and throughout the Caribbean. They are the highlight of a dive in the tourism industry as well as an extremely important commercial fishery. However, they have been in decline over the last few decades and are currently considered an […]
Another North Carolina post to congratulate two of our undergraduates who presented their independent research at the NC State’s Annual Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium. Elisabeth Frasch is an undergraduate in the department of Forestry and Environmental Resources as well as a College of Natural Resources Student Ambassador. Last summer she received a NC State undergraduate fellowship to travel to Abaco, The Bahamas to […]
Shad in the Classroom is a hands-on, science learning opportunity for grade school 5-12 run by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in collaboration with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The program is a minimum of two weeks in the classroom spanning topics from fish biology, food web ecology, and stream ecology. […]