Bahamas Conch in the News

We’ve shared posts about conch populations before but a new study led by Dr. Kough from Shedd Aquarium found that the conch population declined 71% in 2016 compared to a 2011 survey in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. View the full study here and a popular news article here.

Ecological regime shift in the West Atlantic?

Recently, large collaborations between sea turtle monitoring programs in the West Atlantic have identified regional declines in growth rates for loggerheads, hawksbills, and greens. Data were used from in-water capture-recapture studies. Karen Bjorndal of the University of Florida has taken the helm on three papers that address the trends for each of these species.

Notably, all species exhibited increases in growth rates […]

Fungi update from Abaco students

In March we worked with students on Abaco to isolate some more fungi from diseased mangrove leaves. You can read a short update of what students at Forest Heights Academy found on their diseased mangrove leaves here!

A big thanks to the students at Forest Heights Academy, FRIENDS of the Environment, and KSLOF.

By | 2017-05-23T11:17:11+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Mangroves and Creeks|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

‘New Virtual Dive Gallery Puts National Marine Sanctuaries at the Tip of Your Fingers’

In case anyone needs a quick break, take a virtual snorkel break with NOAA’s beautiful photography gallery.  HERE is a recent article NOAA posted for its debut and the the virtual tours can be found HERE. Enjoy.

 

By | 2017-05-16T15:19:13+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Categories: conservation, Coral, marine protected areas|0 Comments

Hear the roar of the lionfish recorded for the first time

Here is a popular press piece (link here) on the first documented sound production in lionfish. The original paper well qualifies that these data are just preliminary, but very interesting what role this sound production may play. Here is a paragraph from the article with some speculation:

Sound is a critical component of fish social behaviour and sound production […]

By | 2017-12-21T18:46:18+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Categories: Featured, Invasive Species, lionfish|0 Comments

Artificial reefs in Haiti – ampil poisson!

We have been reporting on our long-term artificial reef research in Haiti for a few years now. This year we were pleased to learn that not only did our reefs survive the massive hurricane Mathew, but they also had substantially more fish on them than they did last year. This is a really positive sign that the reefs are providing […]

By | 2017-05-11T22:00:07+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Categories: Artificial Reefs, Fish, Haiti|0 Comments

Potential mangrove disease in Jamaica

We recently posted about partnering with Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation (KSLOF) to bring our mangrove disease research into the classroom in The Bahamas. Just this past week, students in grade 11 Biology at William Knibb High School in Jamaica were also able to experience our mangrove disease research in their classrooms as part of […]

By | 2017-05-16T14:54:40+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Categories: Mangroves and Creeks|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Glass Sponge Reef Cruise- Watch Live!

Dr. Stephanie K. Archer has been studying glass sponge reefs in British Colombia since leaving the lab here at NC State. Beginning Thursday, May 12, she will be on a research cruise exploring the Hectate Strait glass sponge reef. There will be a live feed of the dives on the reef at this

By | 2017-05-22T12:36:34+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Categories: Deep Sea|Tags: , , , |0 Comments