Sharks Can Make You Rich

New socio-economic study on the value of sharks in The Bahamas (paper here). The paper Abstract summarizes the findings well:

Elasmobranch populations in The Bahamas offer a unique juxtaposition to the widespread decline of many species around the world, largely due to management and conservation initiatives implemented over the last 25 years. Several industries have been built around the diverse […]

By | 2018-11-14T20:19:52-05:00 February 18th, 2017|Categories: economy, sharks, tourism|Comments Off on Sharks Can Make You Rich

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 | 2016-07-12T14:37:56-05:00 July 12th, 2016|Categories: Current Events, economy, Endangered species, Policy|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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

Invasive Lionfish in the Marketplace: Challenges and Opportunities

NCSU graduate student headed up this summary document from the  66th annual meeting of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute.  Lots of information, from ciguatera to the economics of the fishery.

By | 2015-06-07T18:16:09-05:00 September 25th, 2014|Categories: economy, Fish, Food, Invasive Species, lionfish|Comments Off on Invasive Lionfish in the Marketplace: Challenges and Opportunities

Thoughts on the Treasure Sands Dredging

I have been asked by a number of people to comment on the Treasure Sands dredging project near Treasure Cay. The following thoughts are based on my observations and experience in similar systems.

Please note that my knowledge/expertise pertains to the ecology and biology of the existing dredged channel and the future dredging plans.  I understand that much of the controversy […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:31-05:00 August 18th, 2014|Categories: development, economy, EIAs, Mangroves and Creeks, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Thoughts on the Treasure Sands Dredging

Dock Fouling Communities Improve Water Quality

Our lab has just published a new paper on dock piling “fouling” communities.  In coastal ecosystems, one of the most important services that we value are the ability of filter feeding organisms (oysters, mussels, sponges, barnacles, etc.) to improve water quality.  By removing particles from the water, and depositing them in the form of excretion on the ocean bottom, […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:48-05:00 April 15th, 2014|Categories: development, economy, Mangroves and Creeks, pollution|1 Comment

Shrinking conch: size-selective harvest and rapid evolutionary change


1748-9326_8_1_015016 Figure 1. Growth of Strombus pugilis, and measures of size and maturity used in this study. (g) is an example of a large mature animal from contemporary populations, while (h) is one of the larger animals from Prehuman populations, exemplifying the shift in size due to human […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:50-05:00 March 30th, 2014|Categories: Archaeology, Conch, economy, Food, Fossils, Invertebrates|Comments Off on Shrinking conch: size-selective harvest and rapid evolutionary change