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A Proactive Approach to Restoring Bahamian Coral Reefs

The Atlantis Blue Project Foundation (ABPF)  has partnered and funded numerous reef restoration projects in The Bahamas. The Perry Institute for Marine Science – an ABPF grant recipient, represented The Bahamas, along with long-time partner, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), at an international workshop on coral reef restoration.  This is a rapidly advancing field that is gaining momentum in The Bahamas.

Reef restoration work in The Bahamas is a collaborative effort between several local and international organizations including: Atlantis, TNC, Stuart Cove Dive Bahamas, Disney, SECORE, Cape Eleuthera Institute, Small Hope Bay, Forfar and the Bahamas National Trust. Together, we are working to establish a network of coral nurseries focused on different species and using different methods of growing corals to help jump-start the coral reef recovery process.  Research conducted by the Perry Institute and its partners (e.g. University of Miami) is at the cutting edge of this field, selecting areas and genetic strains of coral species that are likely to produce the greatest positive impacts.  Coupled with effective resource management and conservation strategies, Coral Reef restoration can help improve the health of reefs and aid their recovery!

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Meet Our Blogger - Vanessa Haley-Benjamin

Perry Institute for Marine Science

Vanessa Haley-Benjamin is a marine biologist whose professional career is focused on protecting the Bahamian environment through cutting edge research, natural resource management and more recently environmental policy and advocacy. Mrs. Haley-Benjamin received her Bachelor’s of Science in Marine Biology from The College of Charleston and her Masters of Science in Biological Sciences from Florida International University. She is a lecturer at the University of The Bahamas and currently a PhD candidate with research interest in developing effective climate change adaptation strategies for small island nations.