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

Nassau grouper recognized under the Endangered Species Act

The U.S. now recognizes Nassau grouper as a Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act. Nassau grouper have been heavily harvested throughout its native range and many efforts are being placed to recover their populations (see here and here ). Along the Florida coastline they are considered to be commercially extinct, meaning their abundance is too low to harvest. This is […]

By | 2016-06-30T16:20:14+00:00 June 30th, 2016|Categories: Endangered species, Enforcement|Tags: , |0 Comments

New Shark Database Launched

‘To unify shark conservation efforts worldwide, marine life experts have just launched a new database containing information on some of the planet’s most threatened sharks.

The online tool, called the “Database of measures on conservation and management of sharks,” also includes information on threatened skates, rays and chimaeras, which are all related to sharks. It was created by FAO-CITES, […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:01:54+00:00 June 13th, 2016|Categories: Endangered species, sharks|Tags: , |0 Comments

Undergraduate’s Perspective: Coral Review

Stemming from my last post (see here), I briefly mentioned coral transplantation and the species I am studying. However, I failed to recognize that a year ago all of the terms, ideas, and experiments were a bunch of individual puzzle pieces that I struggled to put together to get the complete picture. I went to The Bahamas with limited […]

Is every Nassau grouper the same?

The Nassau grouper, Epinephelus striatus, is an iconic species here in The Bahamas and throughout the Caribbean. They are the highlight of a dive in the tourism industry as well as an extremely important commercial fishery. However, they have been in decline over the last few decades and are currently considered an […]

New species of boa found in The Bahamas

Finding new species these days is usually the business of researchers who work with small things like insects and crustaceans. However, every once in a while researchers uncover big animals. These rarities have hidden away in thick forests, on the top of remote mountains, or deep in the sea –  places far from human eyes. For that reason, it’s remarkable when […]

By | 2016-07-24T17:10:04+00:00 May 29th, 2016|Categories: Endangered species, Featured, herpetology, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Nassau Grouper Research in The Bahamas

A recent article from The Tribune 242 (Click HERE) discusses how  Nassau grouper populations in The Bahamas are still under threat due to high levels of poaching on spawning aggregations despite a closed season that was established in 2004. A definite highlight in this article is how much effort The Bahamas is currently putting forth to reverse this situation, and […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:01:55+00:00 April 11th, 2016|Categories: Endangered species, Fish, Overfishing, Regulations|Tags: , |0 Comments

A FINtastic week with Sharks4Kids in Abaco

As expected, last week was an absolute success in Abaco as we hosted Sharks4Kids to present at multiple public schools on Great Abaco Island (previous post here). We started our week down south in Sandy Point at JA Pinder Primary, then to Crossing Rocks Public School, making our way to Central Abaco Primary School, and then finished up […]

ASAC: Complex reefs and predator presence increase fish abundance

Had a great week here on Abaco  presenting my work at the Abaco Science Alliance Conference and getting out in the field to check on my ongoing research.  In short, my work thus far has shown that healthy, structurally complex reefs and the presence  of predators, Nassau grouper, increase total fish abundance on patch reefs. Check out this poster […]