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North Eleuthera Coral Reef Assessments

 

In May, The Perry Institute partnered with the Bahamas National Trust (BNT), Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) and Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas to conduct Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGRRA) surveys on the coral reefs of North Eleuthera. The AGRRA method of assessment is essentially taking a rapid inventory of the fish, coral and benthic

 

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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

 

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Assessing the Health of Eleuthera’s Reefs

 

With funding from the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation, The Perry Institute for Marine Science partnered with the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) and Bahamas National Trust (BNT) to lead an assessment of the reefs around The Island of Eleuthera, Bahamas. In August 2016 and again in February 2016, expeditions were made to survey the health of

 

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How did Hurricane Matthew impact Bahamian coral reefs?

 

The Perry Institute for Marine Science led surveys of several coral reefs receiving different levels of impact from Hurricane Matthew in several parts of The Bahamas.  Reefs surveyed after Matthew were reefs previously surveyed 12 months prior to the storm to assess before and after impacts. Sites surveyed experienced varying impacts from major hurricane force

 

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Nassau grouper: The Winter Research Trip 2016

 

Trip’s Purpose During the full moon in December 2016, a research team led by Krista Sherman (University of Exeter/Shedd Aquarium) and Dr. Craig Dahlgren (Perry Institute for Marine Science/Bahamas National Trust) conducted surveys, tagged and sampled Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) around Long Island, Bahamas. Some of the objectives of this trip were to: conduct surveys

 

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“Conch Gone” Video Launch

 

Under the direction of Lavado Stubbs from Conchboy Films and a superstar line up of Bahamian artists, Bahamas National Trust launched their “Conch Gone” music video in support of the Conchservation Campaign.  This campaign seeks to promote a sustainable conch fishery and was born from the concerns of fishermen and scientists who noticed that previously

 

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Nassau Grouper Season Closure

 

After decades of advocating by conservation organizations and scientists, the government of The Bahamas legislated a closed season for Nassau grouper in 2015: December 1 – February 28!  Why a Closed Nassau Grouper Season? Nassau grouper not only supports an economically important fishery, they also play an important role on our Bahamian coral reefs. Over the

 

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THE BAHAMAS CORAL REEF REPORT CARD IS HERE!

 

Coral Reefs play a critical role in protecting and sustaining our way of life!  The Bahamas like many places in the Caribbean are threatened by tropical storms and hurricanes that are associated with high winds and intense wave action. To help reduce the degree of impact to our coastline, reefs act as a natural buffer

 

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2016 Bahamas Natural History Conference

 

By Giselle Dean, The Bahamas National Trust The third Bahamas Natural History Conference (BNHC) took place from March 14th-17th 2016. The opening ceremony took place on March 14th at Atlantis and presentations took place from the 15th-17th at the College of The Bahamas. The theme of this year’s conference was “Reversing the Decline” and sought

 

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SUSTAINING AND RESTORING THE WORLD’S FISHERIES

 

Great efforts are being done to help restore the world’s fisheries as the demand for seafood continues to grow! 50in10 is a bold initiative that aims to restore 50% of the world’s fisheries in the next ten years. To achieve this, a holistic system approach is being taken. This includes addressing gaps at each level

 

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