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What Fish are Left in the Caribbean?

Cool new study by John Bruno’s lab at the University of North Carolina. They surveyed sites across the Caribbean region and use these data to project back to how many fish there used to be before the fishing pressure. Here is a video summary of the paper from the authors, including footage from The Bahamas. Also, some popular press […]

By |March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Overfishing, sharks|0 Comments

Hammerhead shark migration gives new hope for conservation

Press release today on new shark research out of the Bimini research station. The full paper can be found here.

By |February 28th, 2017|Categories: migration, sharks|0 Comments

Smog of the Sea

A good video on the plastic accumulations in the Sargasso Sea. You can stream live for a limited time. Coincides with the announcement of the UN War on Plastic.

By |February 28th, 2017|Categories: Policy, pollution|0 Comments

Sharks Can Make You Rich

New socio-economic study on the value of sharks in The Bahamas (paper here). The paper Abstract summarizes the findings well:

Elasmobranch populations in The Bahamas offer a unique juxtaposition to the widespread decline of many species around the world, largely due to management and conservation initiatives implemented over the last 25 years. Several industries have been built around the diverse […]

By |February 18th, 2017|Categories: economy, Featured, sharks, tourism|0 Comments

‘Seagrass ecosystems reduce exposure to bacterial pathogens of humans, fishes, and invertebrates’

An interesting new Science article just came out discussing the important ecosystem services seagrass meadows provide.  Click here to read the article. Abstract is below.  […]

By |February 17th, 2017|Categories: seagrass|Tags: , |0 Comments

Mosquitofish Risky Business

A day of guest posts – this from Justa Heinen-Kay. Thanks Justa!

Imagine yourself walking down a street in a town known for its low crime rate. How would you behave? Would you explore new areas? Would you walk by yourself? Now imagine yourself walking down a similar street, but in a neighborhood known to have a high murder rate. Would […]

By |February 16th, 2017|Categories: Blue Holes, Fish|1 Comment

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 |February 16th, 2017|Categories: Featured, lobster|0 Comments

‘Tiny Grazers Could Help Save Caribbean Reefs’

Some positive news for our Caribbean coral reefs! Research from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute reports that small algae-eating fish and sea urchins may be taking the place of Diadema, a large sea urchin that suffered severe declines in the 1970s from a widespread disease. Read HERE for more details.

 

By |January 15th, 2017|Categories: Coral, Fish, Invertebrates|Tags: , |0 Comments

‘What will happen to the Bahamas when all the Conch is gone?’

“Let’s think about tomorrow, there are some simple rules to follow: preservation, moderation, we need some Conchservation. Conch Gone!”

Under the direction of Lavado Stubbs, ConchBoy films, with several musicians, a new music video came out today to help the conservation of conch for The Bahamas (article here). A widespread effort between entertainers and several conservation and management organizations throughout The Bahamas to give us a glimpse of our future if ‘we do not come together to conserve our precious resource’.  If you need a quick pick me up on this Friday with a great message and tune to go along with it, click HERE!

If you would like to be apart of the Conchservation movement, please sign BNT’s petition HERE to help protect baby conch in The Bahamas.

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By |January 13th, 2017|Categories: Conch, conservation, Current Events, Education, Featured|Tags: , , |1 Comment

More secrets revealed from the Abaco blue holes

Thanks to Nancy Albury for this post! It continues to be remarkable what they are discovering in these systems.

Ancient DNA Extracted from Extinct Bahamian Tortoise

In recent decades, Bahamian blue holes and the fossils discovered within, have prompted scientists and the public to reconsider their understanding of the Bahamian natural environment. Research into the past environment of the Bahamas continues with […]

By |January 12th, 2017|Categories: Blue Holes|0 Comments