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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 Atlantis and Forfar field station. The purpose of the Andros trip was to collect data from along the Andros barrier reef that was not collected during data collection efforts done in  March, April and July of this year.

While on Andros the team conducted  surveys at 9 sites both in the North and south areas along the barrier reef. A large number of corals observed during this expedition were pale, partially bleached or completely bleached due to fluctuations in high sea water temperatures.  A preliminary estimate of partially bleached, bleached or pale corals was over 70%.  At each site surveyed, a total of 6-8 detailed fish transect surveys were conducted; 3-5 detailed benthic surveys; and 1-2 detailed coral surveys. The data collected during this trip and previous research trips will be used to develop an Andros Coral Reef Report Card that demonstrate the status of reef health on Andros…… So Stay tuned!

Meet Our Blogger - Felicity Burrows

The Nature Conservancy

Felicity Burrows works as the Marine Conservation Specialist for The Nature Conservancy, Northern Caribbean Program, and is the Atlantis Blue Project Coordinator. Ms. Burrows collaborates with conservation partners, government agencies, and local communities to identify priority conservation areas, assist with the development of strategies to manage, protect, and restore The Bahamas’ marine resources, and promote sustainable use of our natural resources. She also works with partners and community members to develop outreach and education techniques that inform and promote the importance of our marine environment as well as emphasize threats to our natural resources.