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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Exploring The Andros Barrier Reef


Dr. Craig Dahlgren led a team of local researchers within and around the North and South Marine Park on Andros Island to survey coral and fish species types and abundance as well as benthic habitats.  Persons who participated in the trip were from the Department of Marine Resources, The Bahamas National Trust (BNT), Dolphin Cay


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Sea Turtle Expedition II….. Continues in Abaco!


As the expedition continues, Tavano and Laron returned to Nassau early Monday morning after 41 turtles. The next intern Raguel Nesbitt then arrived into Marsh Harbour safely from Grand Bahama to carry on the activities done all week.  Raguel is a graduate of St. Georges High School who longed for an opportunity such as this. He is


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Sea Turtle Internship Expedition II …….Continues!


Update on the Sea Turtle Expedition – The team arrived Sandy Point, Abaco on Sunday, October 25, 2015. Tavano and Laron the 2  Nassau-based interns talked a bit about their experience. Both interns said the turtle tagging expedition is going spectacular so far,  despite the weather. They went out to Royal island and Corey Sound in


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Sea Turtle Internship Expedition II


By Portia Sweeting The Bahamas National Trust is facilitating a Sea Turtle Research expedition around Spanish Wells Eleuthera, Abaco and Grand Bahama. The interns participating in the expedition are being led by researcher Connett. They learned  introductory boat skills and tasked with surveying and tagging sea turtles around the islands mentioned previously. The weather conditions


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Unlocking the Coral Genetic Code to Improve Reef Health


By Craig Dahlgren Staghorn coral, Acropora cervicornis, was once one of the most important reef building corals in The Bahamas and wider Caribbean region, but high sea temperatures, disease, and a variety of local threats have reduced its populations by an estimated 95% or more.  In the Bahamas, The Bahamas National Trust, The Nature Conservancy


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Monitoring New Providence and Rose Island’s Reefs


By Craig Dahlgren Earlier this year, Atlantis Blue Project Foundation released a coral reef report card on the status of reefs around New Providence and Rose Island (see:, based on AGRRA surveys conducted in 2011 and 2012.  It is hard to believe but it is already time to start surveying those reefs again as


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The Nature Conservancy Caribbean Impact Report 2015


Learn about the work The Nature Conservancy Caribbean Program has achieved over the last year. Visit:

Manatee Monitoring in The Bahamas


On March 14th, 2015 Diane Claridge took photographs of “Gina” that confirmed her pregnancy. With the help from the Spanish Wells and Harbour Island communities, we received continuous reports on Gina which showed that she was doing well. On July 2nd, 2015 BMMRO received a Facebook video on The Bahamas Manatee Club page of a


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Stranding Response to Support Conservation of Marine Mammals in The Bahamas


STRANDING RESPONSE On Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation (BMMRO) responded to a report of a short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) swimming near shore off Hope Town, Abaco. Further reports suggested that this animal had been in this nearshore habitat for at least 4 days. Felice Knowles traveled to Hope Town and


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