Enie Hensel

About Enie Hensel

Broadly my interests lie in exploring the intertwining interactions between top-down and bottom-up mechanisms that have been anthropogenically impacted in coastal ecosystems. Currently, I am investigating how structure complexity and the presence of top predators affect patch reef fish communities in Abaco, The Bahamas.

Nassau Grouper Research in The Bahamas

A recent article from The Tribune 242 (Click HERE) discusses how  Nassau grouper populations in The Bahamas are still under threat due to high levels of poaching on spawning aggregations despite a closed season that was established in 2004. A definite highlight in this article is how much effort The Bahamas is currently putting forth to reverse this situation, and […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:01:55-05:00 April 11th, 2016|Categories: Endangered species, Fish, Overfishing, Regulations|Tags: , |Comments Off on Nassau Grouper Research in The Bahamas

A FINtastic week with Sharks4Kids in Abaco

As expected, last week was an absolute success in Abaco as we hosted Sharks4Kids to present at multiple public schools on Great Abaco Island (previous post here). We started our week down south in Sandy Point at JA Pinder Primary, then to Crossing Rocks Public School, making our way to Central Abaco Primary School, and then finished up […]

Sharks4Kids: Bringing shark education into the classroom

Sharks4Kids will be in Abaco next week to visit several public schools!  As part of the ‘Drone Diaries of the Bahamas’ project, which is geared towards shark research and conservation (see some past posts here, here, and here), one of our main objectives is to increase shark awareness to the public and more importantly, to the kids! Therefore, […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:01:56-05:00 March 3rd, 2016|Categories: Education, sharks|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Sharks4Kids: Bringing shark education into the classroom

How do we know if we are spotting them all?

By Stephanie Wenclawski

Here is an update on our drone project looking at how human activities may affect the distribution of marine megafauna such as sea turtles, sharks, and rays (see here and here for our previous posts). It is well known that marine organisms have evolved to blend into their environment to an extent . For example, sharks are […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:01:57-05:00 February 3rd, 2016|Categories: sharks|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Our Plastic Problem is making the news

As a graduate student I have email alerts for various marine science subjects to try and keep up to date with the latest articles, news posts, blogs, etc. Well, this past week I had an influx of alerts regarding the tremendous amount of plastic that is going into our oceans and wanted to share. Here an article predicts that […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:01:57-05:00 January 29th, 2016|Categories: Current Events, Food, pollution|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Our Plastic Problem is making the news

Study Finds Shark Hotspots Overlap with Commercial Fishing Locations

‘A new study from an international team of scientists found commercial fishing vessels target shark hotspots, areas where sharks tend to congregate, in the North Atlantic. The researchers suggest that sharks are at risk of being overfished in these oceanic hotspots.’ To read more, here is an article summarizing their findings and  here is a link to their […]

By | 2016-01-27T14:56:50-05:00 January 27th, 2016|Categories: Overfishing, sharks|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Study Finds Shark Hotspots Overlap with Commercial Fishing Locations

ASAC: Complex reefs and predator presence increase fish abundance

Had a great week here on Abaco  presenting my work at the Abaco Science Alliance Conference and getting out in the field to check on my ongoing research.  In short, my work thus far has shown that healthy, structurally complex reefs and the presence  of predators, Nassau grouper, increase total fish abundance on patch reefs. Check out this poster […]

By | 2017-02-07T20:23:51-05:00 January 12th, 2016|Categories: Artificial Reefs, Coral, Endangered species, Fish|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on ASAC: Complex reefs and predator presence increase fish abundance

Recent Assessment shows Healthy Coral and Fish Populations in Curaçao

Here is a link to a short article from Curaçao Chronicle stating how well the fish and coral populations are doing along their coastline. A positive and needed article to see during an El Niño year of warm waters that potentially threaten the livelihood of Caribbean reefs.

By | 2015-12-23T12:58:10-05:00 December 23rd, 2015|Categories: Coral, Fish|Comments Off on Recent Assessment shows Healthy Coral and Fish Populations in Curaçao

‘It’s Better in the Bahamas Shark Sanctuary’

Beth Whitman, a PhD candidate at FIU that has been working on Abaco for a couple years now, worked very hard this summer in The Bahamas assisting with Paul G. Allen’s Global Fin Print. Using Baited Remote Underwater Video (or BRUVs), researchers around the globe have been surveying marine life on coral reefs and here is a short clip […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:01:57-05:00 December 15th, 2015|Categories: sharks|Tags: , , |Comments Off on ‘It’s Better in the Bahamas Shark Sanctuary’

Marine Megafauna Enjoying Abaco’s Non-developed Shorelines

By Stephanie Wenclawski

Here is an update on our drone project looking at how human activities may affect the distribution of marine megafauna such as sea turtles, sharks, and rays (see here and here for previous posts). So far, we have seen more marine wildlife in non-developed areas with just minutes of aerial footage.  For more detail on our […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:10-05:00 October 12th, 2015|Categories: marine protected areas, sharks, Turtles|1 Comment