A research group from University of Kansas are investigating an interesting way to transform manmade structures in our waterways. Dr. Keith Van de Reit and students have added fake red mangrove panels to a seawall in Fort Myers, FL. They plan to monitor the fake mangroves to see whether they will attract marine organisms that utilize mangrove roots for […]
“Old growth mangroves in existing protected areas store more carbon than restored forests or plantations. Carbon storage in such forests has economic value independent of additionality, offering opportunities […]
Came across this short paper about a termite introduction on Abaco. Here is another paper by the same author that describes how the initial introduction of this species in Florida was one of the first exotic introductions for any termite species. And if you are a real termite geek, here is the taxonomic guide for the group […]
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 […]
A recent study documented the role of “sea bees” (tiny crustaceans and polychaetes commonly found in seagrass beds) in the pollination of Turtle grass (Thalassia testudinum). Before this study, it was thought that Turtle grass was only pollinated by water-flow! See the article abstract below for more information and video of sea bees here!
“Pollen transport by water-flow (hydrophily) […]
Short article in the Tribune242 on the importance of seagrass ecosystem conservation. As we have shown why seagrass meadows are critical to protect for nursery habitats(see here), this short article discusses the dependency lobsters have on theses ecosystems. “Dr Nicholas Higgs, Deputy Director of the Marine Institute at Plymouth University, England, said that the ‘high productivity’ of local […]
One of the most unique natural features that can be found on Great Abaco Island, The Bahamas are blue holes. Located along Abaco’s shorelines or inland within the thick of Abaco’s pine forests, these underwater caverns are incredibly extensive and a gem to share. Right now, National Geographic is teaming up with local divers, scientists, and schools to begin mapping the blue hole system in south Abaco. This cave system is potentially the most extensive island cave system in the world. Check out their daily blog HERE to see short videos, shared experiences, and outreach they are doing as local schools take a field trip with Nat Geo.
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.