Monitoring marine megafauna from the sky

Check out this short press release (Link Here) for our newest paper “Using a small, consumer-grade drone to identify and count marine megafauna in shallow habitats“.  An example of how drones are an affordable and non-invasive monitoring tool for researchers and conservation managers. This project was funded by Save Our Seas Foundation  […]

At the Nexus of People and Basic Science

Our own Jake Allgeier has a feature blog post in Science, the world’s foremost scientific journal (link here). Great to see his research and outreach in Haiti being recognized!

By | 2018-11-22T09:11:16+00:00 November 22nd, 2018|Categories: conservation, Education, Featured, Fish, Fishery management, Haiti, Overfishing|0 Comments

Surveys on climate perceptions and field course efficacy

Here are two recent survey-based papers, one on Bahamian perceptions regarding climate change and the second on how useful Bahamian field courses proved to be for US college students. There are always myriad inherent biases with such surveys, but I found some interesting aspects in each of the studies. They are both easy reads.

By | 2018-08-06T15:00:53+00:00 August 6th, 2018|Categories: Climate Change, conservation|0 Comments

Contemporary and Emerging Fisheries in The Bahamas

A recent, easy-to-read, review paper on the state of fishery resources in The Bahamas. A great starting point for assessing the many conservation challenges ahead.

By | 2018-11-14T19:57:29+00:00 July 9th, 2018|Categories: conservation, Featured, Fishery management, Regulations|0 Comments

New Lionfish Invasion Updates

A note from Dr. Mark Hixon (pasted below) updating his lab’s lionfish research. In addition to the papers he highlights, there are are also some interesting findings regarding lionfish parasite release in the invaded range and how lionfish may disrupt fish cleaning stations.

“Now that my lab’s lionfish research is winding-down, I’ve finally updated our lionfish invasion web […]

By | 2018-04-30T12:40:32+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Categories: conservation, Fish, Invasive Species, lionfish, parasites|0 Comments

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+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Beaches, conservation, pollution, Regulations|0 Comments

18th century navigation maps reveal extensive losses to Florida Key’s reefs

It appears that declines of coral reefs have been going on longer than we thought. Recent research using old navigation maps from the late 1700s showed that coral reefs in the Florida Keys were much more extensive than previously believed, with the new estimates suggesting a ~50% reduction of total coral reef area (being converted to seagrass beds) since […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:01:50+00:00 September 17th, 2017|Categories: Climate Change, conservation, Coral, Current Events|0 Comments

Bahamas Conch in the News

We’ve shared posts about conch populations before but a new study led by Dr. Kough from Shedd Aquarium found that the conch population declined 71% in 2016 compared to a 2011 survey in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. View the full study here and a popular news article here.