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Long Island, Cat Island & Conception Island Reef Surveys

 

The Bahamas is currently undergoing a large-scale effort to double the size of its marine protected area (MPA)network by 2020.  Some of the most important questions that must be addressed to determine where to put new protected areas and how to manage them include: what habitats and species are present in an area and what is

 

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Hurricane Irma and Maria

 

Hurricane Irma has now dissipated somewhere in the Ohio Valley of the United States, but for many of us throughout the region, this storm will be remembered as the Big One – a storm so powerful it took lives and devastated property throughout the northern part of the Caribbean region. Shortly after, Hurricane Maria followed

 

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August Acropora Spawning

 

Over only a few nights each August, an event that is nothing short of wondrous happens. Endangered Elkhorn and Staghorn corals across entire reefs synchronously release their gametes into the water for all of their annual reproduction.     While we are still learning about the cues that trigger these mass spawning events and how corals that

 

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Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park Coral Reef Survey

 

World renowned for its beauty, the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park (ECLSP) also plays a key role in marine conservation and supporting sustainable fisheries in The Bahamas. The ECLSP is the oldest national park in The Bahamas and one of the first of its kind in the world.  Since 1959 it has been protected

 

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Fowl Cays Coral Nursery Established

 

On July 15th, 2017, Perry Institute for Marine Science (PIMS) travelled to Marsh Harbour, Abaco in The Bahamas and successfully established a coral nursery in the Fowl Cays National Park.  With Friends of the Environment’s Frank Kenyon Centre as their home base, Dr. Craig Dahlgren, Managing Director for PIMS, and the summer intern, Alannah Vellacott, constructed, deployed and populated four coral trees to start off the Fowl Cays coral nursery. Though all the groundwork had been laid out, the

 

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World Ocean’s Day 2017

 

For World Oceans Day, June 8th, 2017, Perry Institute for Marine Science, Atlantis Blue Project, Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas, The Bahamas Department of Marine Resources and Disney Conservation Fund planted branched finger coral (Porites furcata) and Elkhorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) onto coral reefs that were devastated by hurricane Matthew in The Bahamas.   To kick

 

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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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SECORE Workshop 2017

 

In May 2017, The Perry Institute for Marine Science joined coral restoration scientists and practitioners from around the region at the CARMABI Marine Research Station on Curacao for the launch of the Global Coral Restoration Project. This is a global initiative led by our partners at SECORE international and The Nature Conservancy.  The workshop featured

 

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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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