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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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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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Abaco Science Alliance Conference 2016

 

During the week of January 6th-9th, Friends of the Environment in Abaco hosted their 7th Biennial Abaco Science Alliance . The goal of the conference was to provide a platform for networking and information sharing among NGOs, researchers and agencies that have conducted research projects on Abaco and throughout the wider Bahamas. Additionally the information

 

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