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The Challenge of Lionfish

 

Lionfish invaded The Bahamas in about 2005 and researchers noticed in 2007 that there was a population explosion of this invasive species. Native to the Indian and Pacific oceans, lionfish have continued to spread throughout the Caribbean and The Bahamas has been one of the hardest hit countries. Lionfish out-eat and out-breed other marine species

 

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BMMRO Quarterly Progress Report – May 2018

 

Task: Stranding Response Readiness The young male manatee known from Florida who has been named “Manny” and who was rehabilitated at Atlantis’ Dolphin Cay was released to Eleuthera on 9 th January in a collaborative effort between BMMRO, Atlantis’ Dolphin Cay, the Department of Marine Resources and the US Geological Survey Sirenia Project. BMMRO carried

 

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Atlantic & Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment Training of Trainers: Sharing The Key to Understanding Coral Reefs

 

Coral reefs are an integral ecosystem on Earth as they provide many ecosystem services like food security, coastal protection from storms, medicine and millions of jobs through fishing, tourism and recreation. Countries and communities, like The Bahamas, are also intimately tied to coral reefs through both their livelihoods and cultural traditions passed down through many

 

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BREEF Spring 2018 Coral Restoration Update: How Does Our Garden Grow

 

At the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) Sir Nicholas Nuttall Coral Reef Sculpture Garden (CRSG), this survivor coral of Hurricane Matthew has grown to almost 5 times its original size in less than one year, from 155mm in May 2017 to 755mm in March 2018!     With the help of Bahamas Environmental Steward

 

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Introducing Anna Zuke a New PADI Reef Rescue Diver Instructor!

 

Introducing Anna Zuke a New PADI Reef Rescue Diver Instructor! Trained by Perry Institute for Marine Science Reef Rescue Network Coordinator Hayley Jo PADI Course Director. Ever since her first ocean dive, Anna has been enthralled with coral- she has researched reef restoration techniques, been involved with a conservation group and dive shops, and worked on coral propagation and mitigation projects where she

 

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Young Bahamians Learn About Coral Reef Conservation

 

After months of field trips, school presentations, coral reef restoration, marine life surveys, shark education, and turtle tagging, Alexis Saunders and Krystynia Pyfrom are eagerly preparing for an exciting semester at The Island School in Cape Eleuthera. Alexis and Krystynia are recent high school graduates who completed a 4-month paid internship in December 2017, as the

 

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Manny the Manatee Returns to Bahamian Waters!

 

Atlantis, Paradise Island Marine Mammal Specialists Enable His Speedy Recovery.   Following a three-month recovery period at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Manny the manatee returned to Spanish Wells, The Bahamas on January 9, 2017.  His initial rescue came as a result of local Spanish Wells citizens, who noticed that the marine mammal was not in a

 

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BMMRO Quarterly Progress Report – December 2017

 

Task: Stranding Response Readiness There were no known strandings in the Bahamas during this quarter. Task: Manatee Monitoring BMMRO continued monitoring the status of manatees throughout the Bahamas via social media and opportunistic field work. During the period, nine different animals were documented. Unfortunately, one of these animals was reported to be in very poor

 

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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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