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PIMS Re-Joins the Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean

The Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean (AMLC) hosted its 39th meeting in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic during May 19-24, 2019 under the theme: Environmental variability in the wider Caribbean and the ecological, social, and economic consequences. The meeting was attended by a diverse group of participants with interests in marine science, policy and sustainable resource management.

The Perry Institute of Marine Science was reinstated as an Institution Member and was represented by Senior Scientist, Dr. Krista Sherman. PIMS is looking forward to strengthening collaborations and developing new partnerships with other institutions conducting research in the Caribbean region and applying this information to assist with conservation efforts.

The Bahamas has a long history of coral reef research and monitoring and PIMS has expanded this work with a number of local and international partners. Dr. Sherman provided a summary of coral reef research and its applications to marine resource management and the conservation of key species and habitat restoration. “Reversing the decline of Bahamian coral reefs: assessing reef health for effective management and restoration” was presented under the Atlantic Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment’s (AGRRA) Reef Monitoring-AGRRA: Science to Action session of the meeting. AGRRA Scientific Coordinator and session co-moderator Dr. Judith Lang noted, “The PIMS talk provided a clear demonstration of how much integrated, thoughtful, strategic approaches to reef research can accomplish”.

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Text and photos courtesy of Krista Sherman, Perry Institute for Marine Science

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Dr. Craig Dahlgren is a marine ecologist specializing in various aspects of coral reef ecology. For more than 20 years, Dr. Dahlgren has been conducting scientific research in The Bahamas, and elsewhere in the wider Caribbean region. His research has covered a wide range of topics from the biology and ecology of important fishery species like Nassau grouper and spiny lobster, to evaluations of marine protected areas and other forms of marine resource management, to more general coral reef, mangrove, and seagrass ecology and the restoration of these critical habitats. His current work with the Atlantis Blue Project involves assessing and monitoring the status of coral reefs and their associated fish and benthic communities in several locations in The Bahamas, as well as designing and implementing coral nurseries to restore critical coral species to degraded reefs to assist their recovery from various impacts and stresses.