Encouraging Comments on Conch Conservation

Encouraging comments from Agriculture and Marine Resources Minister Michael Pintard following the recent study on a potential collapse in the conch fishery. I met Minister Pintard recently when a Bahamian delegation visited North Carolina, and he was especially interested in our creek restoration research (see here and here for instance) and the involvement of Bahamian students in […]

By | 2019-01-15T08:43:09+00:00 January 15th, 2019|Categories: Conch, Enforcement, Featured, Overfishing, Regulations|1 Comment

Will The Bahamas Have Conch in Twenty Years?

An excellent review paper on the status on the conch fishery in The Bahamas, based on research spanning more than 22 years. Much of this research associated with the organization Community Conch (www.communityconch.org). At the end of the paper find some specific management recommendations, and I include the Abstract below which provides a nice summary…

Broad-scale […]

By | 2019-01-13T10:27:04+00:00 January 10th, 2019|Categories: Conch, Featured, marine protected areas, Overfishing, Regulations|0 Comments

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+00:00 November 19th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Overfishing, Policy, Regulations|0 Comments

Exuma Park Nominated for International GLORES Award

Here is a note from my colleague Craig Dahlgren that explains the award itself and the commenting process. Would be great for The Bahamas to be recognized for this……

The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park (ECLSP) is one of nine MPAs to be nominated for international recognition in the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES).  The GLORES initiative were established […]

By | 2018-07-22T11:16:13+00:00 July 22nd, 2018|Categories: marine protected areas, Regulations|0 Comments

Contemporary and Emerging Fisheries in The Bahamas

A recent, easy-to-read, review paper on the state of fishery resources in The Bahamas. A great starting point for assessing the many conservation challenges ahead.

By | 2018-11-14T19:57:29+00:00 July 9th, 2018|Categories: conservation, Featured, Fishery management, Regulations|0 Comments

Bahamas to Ban Plastic Bags Thanks to These Students

Kristal Ambrose, director of the organization Bahamas Plastic Movement, sent the note below and this press release. Great to see!

“You’ve supported our organization so much over the years by allowing us to use the blog as a platform, so it is only right that I send you our biggest progression yet! The Bahamas is set to ban plastic […]

By | 2018-01-22T12:55:33+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Beaches, conservation, pollution, Regulations|0 Comments

Reminder: Nassau grouper closed season begins December 1 in The Bahamas

Officially law last year (see here), Nassau grouper fishing season is closed in The Bahamas from December 1st to February 28th. This is to help populations recover and stop unsustainable fishing practices on their spawning aggregations. Let us all do our part and help spread the word.

By | 2016-12-03T13:56:49+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Categories: Fish, Regulations|Tags: , |1 Comment

Recent work on Nassau Grouper spawning aggregations asks us to rethink current fishing regulations

An exciting new publication just came out helping us better understand Nassau grouper populations in The Bahamas (article here). Using acoustic telemetry data, Dr. Craig Dahlgren and others recorded the movements of different sized Nassau grouper to examine when and where individuals would migrate to spawning aggregations. They found that individuals did not migrate to aggregation sites until they […]