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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]