Archive for the ‘Sharks & Rays’ Category

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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Assessing the Health of Eleuthera’s Reefs

With funding from the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation, The Perry Institute for Marine Science partnered with the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) and Bahamas National Trust (BNT) to lead an assessment of the reefs around The Island of Eleuthera, Bahamas. In August 2016 and again in February 2016, expeditions were made to survey the health of


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How did Hurricane Matthew impact Bahamian coral reefs?

The Perry Institute for Marine Science led surveys of several coral reefs receiving different levels of impact from Hurricane Matthew in several parts of The Bahamas.  Reefs surveyed after Matthew were reefs previously surveyed 12 months prior to the storm to assess before and after impacts. Sites surveyed experienced varying impacts from major hurricane force


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Nassau grouper: The Winter Research Trip 2016

Trip’s Purpose During the full moon in December 2016, a research team led by Krista Sherman (University of Exeter/Shedd Aquarium) and Dr. Craig Dahlgren (Perry Institute for Marine Science/Bahamas National Trust) conducted surveys, tagged and sampled Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) around Long Island, Bahamas. Some of the objectives of this trip were to: conduct surveys


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“Conch Gone” Video Launch

Under the direction of Lavado Stubbs from Conchboy Films and a superstar line up of Bahamian artists, Bahamas National Trust launched their “Conch Gone” music video in support of the Conchservation Campaign.  This campaign seeks to promote a sustainable conch fishery and was born from the concerns of fishermen and scientists who noticed that previously


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Nassau Grouper Season Closure

After decades of advocating by conservation organizations and scientists, the government of The Bahamas legislated a closed season for Nassau grouper in 2015: December 1 – February 28!  Why a Closed Nassau Grouper Season? Nassau grouper not only supports an economically important fishery, they also play an important role on our Bahamian coral reefs. Over the


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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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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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