Sargassum Accumulations on Caribbean Beaches

Over the last 8 years or so, many Caribbean Islands have been challenged by massive Sargassum algae accumulations on beaches (a Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute fact sheet here, and a high resolution link to the poster here). These accumulations may have many deleterious effects on species that utilize beach habitat, including for nesting turtles. See for instance

By | 2018-11-14T19:59:00-05:00 May 7th, 2018|Categories: Beaches, Featured, Sargassum, Turtles, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Bahamas to Ban Plastic Bags Thanks to These Students

Kristal Ambrose, director of the organization Bahamas Plastic Movement, sent the note below and this press release. Great to see!

“You’ve supported our organization so much over the years by allowing us to use the blog as a platform, so it is only right that I send you our biggest progression yet! The Bahamas is set to ban plastic […]

By | 2018-01-22T12:55:33-05:00 January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Beaches, conservation, pollution, Regulations|Comments Off on Bahamas to Ban Plastic Bags Thanks to These Students

Bahamas Plastic Movement

The Bahamas Plastic Movement asked us to share this press release. Our pleasure!

Bahamian Youth Travel to California to Fight Ocean Plastic Pollution

Article by Ashley Akerberg (Bahamas Plastic Movement)

Dana Point, CA, Feb 23rd, 2016 – Ten young Bahamian change makers from Preston H. Albury High School’s Eco Club and Deep Creek Middle School’s Eco Club, in collaboration with The Bahamas […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:01:55-05:00 March 19th, 2016|Categories: Beaches, pollution|2 Comments

A Recorded History of Plover Jonesy

Verbatim from our local reporter. Amazing how far that small of a bird can travel.

  1. Banded as an adult male on 6/4/15 on the coast of Rhode Island by Peter Paton (Professor, Dept. of Natural Resources Science, Univ. of Rhode Island).
  2. Last detected up north on July 16 in southern Rhode Island.  Unsuccessfully attempted to nest at Sandy Point, RI.
  3. Spotted by intrepid […]
By | 2015-11-04T14:12:19-05:00 November 3rd, 2015|Categories: Beaches, Birds, development, migration|Comments Off on A Recorded History of Plover Jonesy

The EIA for Proposed Little Harbour Marina

Abaco Scientist was finally able to get a full copy of the proposed Little Harbour marina EIA – full pdf here. We are not as much concerned with what is in the actual document, but more so what isn’t. Most concerning is that Winding Bay staff outlined a radically different plan (including a much larger marina, R/O plant, 24 hour generator, […]

By | 2017-02-07T20:24:54-05:00 October 21st, 2015|Categories: Beaches, development, economy, EIAs, Enforcement, Mangroves and Creeks|Comments Off on The EIA for Proposed Little Harbour Marina

Piping Plovers at Winding Bay

Local report on plovers on the Winding Bay beach……

I walked Winding Bay beach on Thursday and saw 18 piping plovers.  One of them was banded, which was pretty exciting – Todd Pover thinks probably in Massachusetts.  This photo is not a great photo, but there  are AT LEAST 8 piping plovers in it – shows how hard they are […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:10-05:00 October 20th, 2015|Categories: Beaches, Birds, migration|3 Comments

Oyster Catcher Nesting

Intrepid naturalist Ali sent this paper along. We have seen one nesting site on the Riding Cays in the Bight of Old Robinson, which is consistent with the paper suggesting they nest on rocky shores in the northern Bahamas.  An easy paper to read through. Thanks Ali.

By | 2015-08-29T10:29:19-05:00 August 29th, 2015|Categories: Beaches, Birds|Comments Off on Oyster Catcher Nesting

Hatchling season is in full swing

An update from Antigua and new NCSU graduate student Andrew Maurer.  Thanks Andrew!

Hatchling season is upon us on Long Island, Antigua. Nests that we saw deposited 50-60 days ago are hatching, often multiple in a night. It usually happens so fast we only see the tracks they leave behind. Seeing tiny hawksbill hatchlings leaves no doubt about it, this is […]

By | 2015-08-29T13:49:50-05:00 August 29th, 2015|Categories: Beaches, herpetology, Invasive Species, Turtles, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Hatchling season is in full swing

Beach Trash

Harvard scientist Graham Reynolds with a call for more focused study on beach pollution.  The same idea behind the Bahamas Plastic Movement post we made last week.  Anybody that has their own observations and ideas to share, if even simple, don’t hesitate to send them along to us.

Thanks Graham for this thought…

I recently visited the Ragged Islands as part of my work […]

By | 2015-08-04T11:21:08-05:00 August 4th, 2015|Categories: Beaches, pollution|Comments Off on Beach Trash