‘Save The Bays urges government to deal swiftly with Clifton oil pollution’

Check out this article  summarizing the latest research regarding Clifton Bay’s impact on its nearby environment. Above are some photos from the garden during my visit in late April where I was impressed by the density and size of fish that use the garden and nearby patch reefs.

By | 2015-06-12T15:21:19-05:00 June 12th, 2015|Categories: Artificial Reefs, citizen science, Coral, Regulations, tourism|Comments Off on ‘Save The Bays urges government to deal swiftly with Clifton oil pollution’

We are not the only ones that enjoy Spiny Lobster

I am not sure that the nurse sharks along eastern shores in Abaco are aware that lobster season is closed right now. For part of the coral restoration project we record the fish communities along our artificial reefs to catch a glimpse of the fish that might not be present when we are doing snorkel surveys. Well, today was a […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:13-05:00 June 5th, 2015|Categories: Artificial Reefs, Coral, sharks|Comments Off on We are not the only ones that enjoy Spiny Lobster

Coral Restoration Project off Eastern Shores

Off to a great start this summer along the eastern shore of Abaco. This field season I am continuing with my coral restoration work and asking ‘how do coral restored areas affect the local reef community?’ One of the questions I will be asking this year will be investigating the interactions between fish and coral health. Specifically, I will be […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:14-05:00 June 3rd, 2015|Categories: Coral, Fish, Restoration|Comments Off on Coral Restoration Project off Eastern Shores

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 | 2017-12-01T14:02:14-05:00 May 22nd, 2015|Categories: Beaches, Coral, Fish, Geology|Comments Off on Parrotfish Build Entire Islands

Climate, reefs and resilience: Locally-based strategies to address a global issue

Climate change and ocean acidification–which can result in coral bleaching events, slower growth and reproduction rates, and degraded reef structure–are the most pressing global threats to coral reefs.

Why do healthy, resilient coral reefs matter to you? Healthy coral reefs support an astounding diversity of marine life. They also provide countless benefits to people through ecosystem goods and services like coastal […]

By | 2015-05-19T08:42:04-05:00 May 19th, 2015|Categories: Climate Change, Coral|Comments Off on Climate, reefs and resilience: Locally-based strategies to address a global issue

The Nature Conservancy’s Coral Outplanting in Nassau

Last week I had the pleasure to work with several experienced coral restoration  employees from The Nature Conservancy, Mote Marine Lab, and BREEF. With the incredible help from Stuart Cove and employees, we outplanted over 1200 coral propagules from the Nassau coral nursery in three days! Here is a short video of our outplanting thank you to Shelby Hammett. I am […]

By | 2015-05-10T16:16:23-05:00 May 10th, 2015|Categories: Coral, Endangered species, Restoration|Comments Off on The Nature Conservancy’s Coral Outplanting in Nassau