Is a closed lobster season enough?

Eric Carey, Bahamas National Trust’s chief executive, was interviewed by the Tribune242 on the current status of Bahamian lobster populations. Within the interview, Carey mentions that Bahamian lobster populations will not be able meet the demand of foreign markets, specifically mentioning the Chinese market, if new regulations are not put in place. In order […]

By | 2017-12-21T10:28:47+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Categories: Current Events, lobster|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Lobster, clams and chemistry

Guest post from Nicholas Higgs at the University of Plymouth. Thanks Nick!

New research by Bahamian marine scientist Dr Nick Higgs and colleagues has shown that Caribbean spiny lobsters (aka crawfish) get a big chunk of their food from an unusual source. The lobsters hunt down a particular species of clam in seagrass beds that get their energy from chemosynthesis. This helps explain how lobsters […]

By | 2018-11-14T20:25:48+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Categories: lobster|0 Comments

In the News: ‘Marine Biologist Suggests Conservation Of Bahamas’ Seagrass Habitats’

Short article in the Tribune242 on the importance of seagrass ecosystem conservation. As we have shown why seagrass meadows are critical to protect for nursery habitats(see here), this short article discusses the dependency lobsters have on theses ecosystems. “Dr Nicholas Higgs, Deputy Director of the Marine Institute at Plymouth University, England, said that the ‘high productivity’ of local […]

By | 2016-12-11T13:08:22+00:00 December 11th, 2016|Categories: conservation, lobster, seagrass|Tags: , |1 Comment

Conched Out in the Turks and Caicos

A new study from Turks and Caicos finds that the total local consumption of conch equals approximately the total allowable catch without export amounts factored in from 1950-2012. See research summary below and full paper here.

The Turks and Caicos Islands’ total marine fisheries catches were estimated for 1950–2012 using a catch reconstruction approach, estimating all removals, including reported catch […]

By | 2016-05-19T07:15:48+00:00 May 19th, 2016|Categories: Conch, lobster|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Lobsters just aren’t as friendly any more

An interesting characteristic of spiny lobsters is their gregarious nature. This dynamic is mediated through a chemical cue released in their urine which can be detected by the antennae of other lobsters. This cue is believed to have evolved as a means to quickly find shelter, thereby limiting predation risk. This new paper provides convincing evidence that this entire signaling […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:10+00:00 September 30th, 2015|Categories: Invertebrates, lobster, seagrass|0 Comments

Where’s the Reef?

Those of you who are fans of 80’s fast food commercials must be laughing hilariously right now…..but I digress.  We checked this reef just off Eastern Shores yesterday and it is completely covered in algae, less than a year since construction.  This will be a strength of our multi-site design, being able to identify specific factors that control plant/algae growth […]

By | 2015-04-21T09:11:42+00:00 April 21st, 2015|Categories: Artificial Reefs, development, Fish, Invertebrates, lobster, Nutrients|1 Comment