Feeding Island Dreams

Happy New Year. Back from the holidays, we hope to ramp up our posting again.

Here is a new review paper on the potential of “agritourism” in The Bahamas. The authors broadly define this as “Agritourism, also referred to as agro-tourism, farm tourism or farm-based tourism, has a host of definitions but can be understood as a form of tourism […]

By | 2019-01-04T10:11:05-05:00 January 4th, 2019|Categories: agriculture, Andros Island, tourism|Comments Off on Feeding Island Dreams

Are Dogs Cooler than Flamingos?

Kids on Andros Island seem to think so. Researchers from North Carolina State University authored this study, comparing kids’ preferences for animals in The Bahamas and North Carolina. The base question posed was: ““What are your five favorite kinds of wild animals that live in in The Bahamas?”. The most common answer for kids on Andros was…..dogs. Here is […]

By | 2018-11-14T20:17:41-05:00 December 28th, 2017|Categories: Andros Island, Invasive Species|Comments Off on Are Dogs Cooler than Flamingos?

Sawfish movements on Andros

Here is an quick update from Dr. Dean Grubbs on his recent research on West Andros.  Some really neat stuff (although with all of those sharks, makes me a little wary to survey our reefs there).

We dart tagged and took genetic samples from 54 sharks and rays on this trip (17 blacktip sharks, 19 lemon sharks – including […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:01:56-05:00 March 18th, 2016|Categories: Andros Island, Sawfish, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Not Your Average Fish Dissection

Commonplace in many biology courses, laboratory dissections allow students to investigate external and internal anatomy. Unfortunately, many dissection kits contain preserved specimens with faded coloration. At Forfar Field Station on North Andros Island, we have replaced traditional fish specimens with invasive lionfish. Local lionfish removed from Stafford Creek and Fresh Creek provide students with realistically colored models. Students are […]

By | 2016-02-16T10:26:20-05:00 February 16th, 2016|Categories: Andros Island, Invasive Species, lionfish|2 Comments

One palm, Two palm

We took a trip to Andros last week and spent some time with the folks at Forfar Field Station. Hopefully we will be getting periodic updates here on the research they are helping facilitate on Andros. Here is some information from Dale Kline on a recent project….thanks Dale!

“Sarah Edelman is the Palm and Cycad Manager of the Fairchild […]

By | 2016-01-12T10:47:14-05:00 January 12th, 2016|Categories: Andros Island, botany|Comments Off on One palm, Two palm

Andros Creek Restorations Ten Years On

We headed to Andros last week to check up on previous projects and think about future directions. I was excited to see how well our first two small creek restoration projects looked. When you restore flow to the creeks through a narrow channel, the current is so concentrated that it apparently keeps mangroves from again encroaching. This maintains habitat for dozens […]

By | 2016-02-04T10:18:59-05:00 January 4th, 2016|Categories: Andros Island, Featured, Mangroves and Creeks|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Andros Creek Restorations Ten Years On

Andros Die-off

The BNT let us know about some die-off areas on Andros as well.  We will check these out in the next month or so.  Keep the reports coming!

By | 2015-04-08T13:16:06-05:00 April 8th, 2015|Categories: Andros Island, Mangroves and Creeks|Comments Off on Andros Die-off

Andros Mangrove Restoration Project

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 You can VOTE today to support the Andros Conservancy and Trust’s Love Hill Mangrove Restoration project (click here before March 23!).The project’s focus is to reintroduce the proper current flow to avoid the encroachment of casuarina on vital mangrove habitat. For more information on this project click […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:16-05:00 March 20th, 2015|Categories: Andros Island, Mangroves and Creeks, Restoration|Comments Off on Andros Mangrove Restoration Project

Local Perspective on Marine Resource Regulation

A new paper from a human dimensions study on Andros.  Here is the Abstract:

Fisheries resources in the Caribbean suffer intense pressure from overharvesting. Some of the most valuable fisheries in The Bahamas, such as queen conch (Strombus gigas), spiny lobster (Panulirus argus), and Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus), are overexploited and require additional protection. Despite these pressures, we currently know […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:17-05:00 February 10th, 2015|Categories: Andros Island, Conch, Invertebrates, Mangroves and Creeks, marine protected areas|Comments Off on Local Perspective on Marine Resource Regulation