Surveys on climate perceptions and field course efficacy

Here are two recent survey-based papers, one on Bahamian perceptions regarding climate change and the second on how useful Bahamian field courses proved to be for US college students. There are always myriad inherent biases with such surveys, but I found some interesting aspects in each of the studies. They are both easy reads.

By | 2018-08-06T15:00:53+00:00 August 6th, 2018|Categories: Climate Change, conservation|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

Bonefish Migrations

Summer is flying by, so time to get Abaco Scientist going again. Here is an article on bonefish migrations from the spring I keep forgetting to post. I saw a spawning aggregation on Abaco and it was absolutely amazing. Lots more here soon.

By | 2018-07-07T19:19:37+00:00 July 7th, 2018|Categories: bonefish, Fish, migration|0 Comments

Sargassum Accumulations on Caribbean Beaches

Over the last 8 years or so, many Caribbean Islands have been challenged by massive Sargassum algae accumulations on beaches (a Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute fact sheet here, and a high resolution link to the poster here). These accumulations may have many deleterious effects on species that utilize beach habitat, including for nesting turtles. See for instance

By | 2018-11-14T19:59:00+00:00 May 7th, 2018|Categories: Beaches, Featured, Sargassum, Turtles, Uncategorized|1 Comment

New Lionfish Invasion Updates

A note from Dr. Mark Hixon (pasted below) updating his lab’s lionfish research. In addition to the papers he highlights, there are are also some interesting findings regarding lionfish parasite release in the invaded range and how lionfish may disrupt fish cleaning stations.

“Now that my lab’s lionfish research is winding-down, I’ve finally updated our lionfish invasion web […]

By | 2018-04-30T12:40:32+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Categories: conservation, Fish, Invasive Species, lionfish, parasites|0 Comments

Regional Lionfish Diet Compilation

Here is a recent paper on lionfish prey compiled at a regional scale. The Abstract is pretty straight forward, so I will just paste that below. I think the key sentence is the last. Since lionfish are such generalist predators, their trophic role will vary substantially among regions, islands, ecosystems and individual habitats. My opinion remains the dire predictions […]

By | 2018-04-21T14:49:29+00:00 April 21st, 2018|Categories: Invasive Species, lionfish|0 Comments

Pufferfish Here, Pufferfish There

We have posted some natural history observations on the checkered puffer before (see here and here and here), and now the scientific paper on their dietary habitats has been published (here). We think this species is a plays a much under-appreciated role in nearshore ecosystems of The Bahamas and throughout the Caribbean. They are ubiquitous in shallow […]

By | 2018-03-22T08:54:31+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Fish, Mangroves and Creeks|0 Comments