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

Fish pee on coral reefs in the Caribbean makes Canadian Broadcasting Company

An interview I did a few months ago for Quarks and Quirks on CBC radio recently aired.  Yes, of course, it is more about fish pee, but I thought I would post it all the same.  It is pretty funny. Scroll down a bit for the actual interview.

‘What will happen to the Bahamas when all the Conch is gone?’

“Let’s think about tomorrow, there are some simple rules to follow: preservation, moderation, we need some Conchservation. Conch Gone!”

Under the direction of Lavado Stubbs, ConchBoy films, with several musicians, a new music video came out today to help the conservation of conch for The Bahamas (article here). A widespread effort between entertainers and several conservation and management organizations […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:01:51+00:00 January 13th, 2017|Categories: Conch, conservation, Current Events, Education, Featured|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Great news for the world’s marine mammals

I am always excited to report positive news (reported at length here).  Starting in the new year, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will require countries exporting seafood to the United States to demonstrate that their fisheries comply with the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).  The US is the world’s largest seafood importer and the MMPA is among […]

By | 2016-12-20T17:25:35+00:00 December 20th, 2016|Categories: Current Events, Endangered species, Marine Mammals, Overfishing, Policy|1 Comment

Signs of resilience in pacific coral reefs

It is truly uplifting to find any positive news about the state of the worlds’ coral reefs anywhere.  A resent research survey found that the reefs around Phoenix Island, a region halfway between Fiji and Hawaii, were teaming with healthy coral.  These corals had previously been devastated in 2003, and had been slow to recover.  Scientists were worried that the recent […]

By | 2016-10-01T14:44:04+00:00 October 1st, 2016|Categories: Climate Change, Coral, Current Events, Global change|1 Comment

Fishing reduces fish pee on coral reefs

Yup, more about fish pee.  As a follow-up to work we have been conducting on the importance of fish excretion (pee) for coastal tropic ecosystems, we describe in a recent study how fishing pressure is reducing this source of nutrients by nearly half on coral reefs across the broader Caribbean. This study highlights an alternative way in which human […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:01:52+00:00 August 16th, 2016|Categories: Coral, Current Events, Global change, marine protected areas, Nutrients, Overfishing|0 Comments

World squid and octopus populations on a rise

Finally some good news.  With all the drastic changes that are occurring in the worlds oceans, there are clear winners and losers.  A recent article has provided definitive proof that all cephalopods, a group that includes octopus, squid, and cuttlefish, are clear winners. Researchers concluded that cephalopods from New England to Japan have boomed since the 1950s.  What is interesting […]

By | 2016-07-29T18:38:02+00:00 July 29th, 2016|Categories: Climate Change, Current Events, Food, Global change, Overfishing|0 Comments

Antigua and Barbuda bans plastic bags

On July 1st, 2016, the nation of Antigua and Barbuda started its ban of single use plastic grocery bags. They join a movement to ban or tax single use plastic bags that involves many countries, states, and municipalities including much of Hawaii, Los Angeles, Chicago, the Netherlands, Italy, China, and others. Antigua and Barbuda’s commitment to this issue sets an example that even smaller […]

By | 2016-07-12T14:37:56+00:00 July 12th, 2016|Categories: Current Events, economy, Endangered species, Policy|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Zika Virus

The Zika virus is making headlines throughout tropical areas but thankfully no cases have been confirmed from The Bahamas. A new study used models based on chikungunya and dengue viral transmission numbers to predict the risk of importation and local transmission of Zika for high risk countries. From these models, the researchers predict that The Bahamas has […]

By | 2016-06-01T08:35:35+00:00 June 1st, 2016|Categories: Current Events|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments