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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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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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