Lucaya won this year’s Tour de Turtle marathon migration contest for leatherback sea turtles. A satellite tracking device was placed on Lucaya on May 27, 2018 on Soropta Beach, Panama by the foundation’s partner Sea Turtle Conservancy. The female sea turtle, who numbers more than 25 years of age, traveled more than 5,000 miles to
On October 22nd and October 23rd, 2018, The Perry Institute for Marine Science Reef Rescue Network and staff from Forfar Field Station on Andros braved the high seas of the tongue of the ocean to complete the outplant of Acropora fragments back to the local reef. Despite the far from optimal weather conditions, the crew
With so much pride, we are honored to share this remarkable story with you. Our Dolphin Cay Team participated in the rescue, recovery and successful release of a stranded dolphin back to his former habitat – the ocean waters of Bimini. In late August, Atlantis was notified of a dolphin in distress at Great Stirrup
Two young Bahamians, Katelyn Cambridge and Stacy Pinder, are interning at the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) as part of the Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholars Programme. (BESS) Both scholars attended the recent Eco-Schools Coordinators Workshop. In addition, they assisted BREEF by guiding students in nearshore field trips to coral reefs, mangroves and rocky shores
The Perry Institute for Marine Science is a not-for-profit organization committed to protecting our oceans through research that both inform the public and encourage action, ultimately improving the understanding and stewardship of our oceans. Our programs focus on improving our understanding of the issues facing our oceans, working with governments to develop management strategies and
“Anyone who has spent a lot of time on the water or under will tell stories of how things used to be and how things have changed. Nowhere has this change occurred more than on our coral reefs.” Partnering Scientist, Dr Craig Dahlgren of Perry Institute for Marine Science has written an article for Guy Harvey Magazine
“The lessons learned here have the potential to guide coral restoration efforts around the world.” – Craig Dahlgren, Executive Director of the Perry Institute for Marine Science Coral reefs are natural treasure troves in the Bahamas: they harbor thousands of marine species, support over 40,000 jobs in marine tourism and, each year, bolster a $65 million commercial fishing industry.
The Long-spined urchin, Diadema antillarum, was once the most effective and important grazer on reefs throughout the Caribbean. These urchins are capable of clearing large areas of macroalgae and keeping it clear for coral larvae to settle and grow. However, in 1983, an unknown pathogen nearly wiped out the entire population of Long-spined urchins in
Atlantis’s entry in the 2018 Tour de Turtle race has already made great strides before the beginning of the official race. As of July 23, 2018, she has logged over 1,500 miles. A satellite tracking device was placed on Lucaya on May 27, 2018 on Soropta Beach Panama by the foundation’s partner Sea Turtle Conservancy.
QUICK INTRO ON SPONGES There are currently 8897 described species of sponges belonging to the phylum Porifera, with hundreds of species reported from the Caribbean region, including The Bahamas. In discussing sponges with spongers of The Bahamas, however, they only consider the four harvested species to be sponges, and disregard the rest of the species.