Illegal Harvest and Colonial Governance

Each summer NCSU professors Nils Peterson and Brian Langerhans teach a course at Forfar Field Station. As part of this course, they always include a sociological study on Andros. This year they looked at local peoples’ opinions on illegal harvesting and use their thoughts to speculate on some of the drivers of this issue. An easy […]

By | 2018-11-19T22:01:13-05:00 November 19th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Overfishing, Policy, Regulations|Comments Off on Illegal Harvest and Colonial Governance

Bahamian Nassau Grouper Closed Season

Just a quick reminder that Nassau grouper are off limits for fishing from December 1st to February 28th throughout The Bahamas. Help spread the word by telling a friend or sharing this post! Click here for more information on Nassau grouper fishing regulations and conservation.

By | 2017-12-03T11:50:14-05:00 December 3rd, 2017|Categories: Policy, Regulations|Tags: , |Comments Off on Bahamian Nassau Grouper Closed Season

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 | 2016-12-20T17:25:35-05:00 December 20th, 2016|Categories: Current Events, Endangered species, Marine Mammals, Overfishing, Policy|1 Comment

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

One Trillion Expected in Damage to Coasts by 2100

A recent article in Climactic Change reported an economic analysis that suggests that climate change will cost the US twice as much as previous analyses estimated – increasing the estimate from $500 million to $1 trillion. Just to reiterate, that is 1,000,000,000,000 – lots of zeros. While there are always myriad considerations when attempting to predict such outcomes, this […]

By | 2015-01-15T15:14:19-05:00 January 15th, 2015|Categories: Beaches, Climate Change, Current Events, Global change, Policy|Comments Off on One Trillion Expected in Damage to Coasts by 2100

Illegal Poaching

If one created a qualitative ratio of “severity of problem” to “general public awareness”, I speculate illegal fishing would be far ahead of any other issue in The Bahamas. A post here on this issue here.

By | 2014-08-06T12:57:43-05:00 August 6th, 2014|Categories: Enforcement, Fish, Food, lobster, marine protected areas, Overfishing, Policy, Regulations|Comments Off on Illegal Poaching

Feature Paper: Controlling Lionfish Does Protect Native Fish

New research investigating if lionfish removals really matter.  In short, this paper suggests it does.  I can’t upload the paper now – check back later; but here is a nice summary. The authors’ summary after the jump.

Also, note in the authors’ short video above how hidden the lionfish is.  As we have mentioned before, lionfish culling surely seems to be […]

By | 2015-06-07T18:55:50-05:00 February 1st, 2014|Categories: Fish, lionfish, Overfishing, Policy, Regulations, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Feature Paper: Controlling Lionfish Does Protect Native Fish