Bahamas Plastic Movement

Kristal Ambrose shared this Bahamas Plastic Movement press release with us.  Thanks Kristal!

Bahamas Plastic Movement (BPM) hosted a Plastic Pollution Education and Ocean Conservation camp at the Eleuthera Arts and Cultural Center (EACC) in Tarpum Bay. Twenty-three youth, ages 7-14, from across South Eleuthera came together to learn about plastic pollution and spark youth action and activism around the […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:11-04:00 July 23rd, 2015|Categories: Beaches, citizen science, development, pollution|Comments Off on Bahamas Plastic Movement

Sargassum and nesting turtles

A quick update from new NCSU graduate student Andrew Maurer on the sargassum mats in the Eastern Caribbean.  Thanks Andrew.

“Huge influxes of sargassum seaweed on coasts and nearshore waters throughout the Caribbean are drawing more and more attention from all sectors, especially conservation organizations. There are benefits to beaches such as stabilization and vast nutrient provision. Oceanic sargassum is also […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:12-04:00 July 3rd, 2015|Categories: Beaches, citizen science, Endangered species, herpetology, migration, tourism, Turtles|Comments Off on Sargassum and nesting turtles

Hawksbill Nesting Project

New NCSU graduate student Andy Maurer sent in an update on his research on Antigua.  Cool stuff…..

Hawksbill nesting season with the Jumby Bay Hawksbill Project in Antigua is well under way. After 3 weeks of monitoring, we have had 25 nests laid by 21 females. Many more to come. There have been 8 first time nesters, or neophytes, already this […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:12-04:00 June 23rd, 2015|Categories: Beaches, herpetology, migration, Turtles|Comments Off on Hawksbill Nesting Project

Parrotfish Build Entire Islands


New research shows that parrotfish excrement can build entire islands. The study was done in the Maldives and compared various sources of biogenic sand including boring sponges, sea urchins, calcifying algae (Halimeda), and parrotfish. They find that parrotfish contribute around 85% of the sand on their study island! That’s a lot of sand! It’s a good illustration of the diverse […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:14-04:00 May 22nd, 2015|Categories: Beaches, Coral, Fish, Geology|Comments Off on Parrotfish Build Entire Islands

New Hawksbill Project

A BBC story on an important hawksbill nesting location in Antigua.  Timely, as we have just accepted a new student, Andrew Maurer, into the NCSU graduate program.  Andrew will conduct his field work at this site, looking at factors that affect nesting success in hawksbills.  Some of the hawksbills that take up residence in The Bahamas, may well have […]

By | 2015-04-26T09:59:55-04:00 April 26th, 2015|Categories: Beaches, herpetology, migration, Turtles|Comments Off on New Hawksbill Project

Loggerhead Connection

A new paper on the repeated migrations of loggerheads from their residence areas in The Bahamas to nesting beaches in the Dry Tortugas.  Remarkable they track back to the same areas after each trip.  Here is the paper summary:

Background: Delineation of home ranges, residence and foraging areas, and migration corridors is important for understanding the habitat needs for a […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:15-04:00 April 24th, 2015|Categories: Beaches, herpetology, migration, Turtles|1 Comment

A shrimpy question from Little Harbour….

Inquiry from a Little Harbour resident….

Still don’t know what the macrobrachium shrimp are – and would really like to! – but now I have another mystery.

There are small red shrimp living in holes in the mangrove swamp behind Bookies Beach near Little Harbour. I think they are cinetorhynehus manningi. Usually I see one or two hanging out on the […]

By | 2015-03-13T15:01:39-04:00 March 13th, 2015|Categories: Beaches, Blue Holes, Invertebrates|1 Comment