About Alannah Vellacott

Alannah Vellacott is a Bahamian marine ecologist and has recently received her Bachelor of Science in Ecology at South Dakota State University. Alannah was a former Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholar (BES Scholar) through Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF). This awarded her a full scholarship to attend the Island School in Eleuthera and participate in a paid 6month internship at the Cape Eleuthera Institute. Since that amazing experience, Alannah has made the rounds working and volunteering for non-profit environmental conservation organizations including the Cape Eleuthera Institute, BREEF, the Bahamas National Trust, Community Conch and The Nature Conservancy. A scuba diver with 14 years of experience, Alannah has participated in shark and reef health research and has also been a part of coral and conch research here in The Bahamas. In the summer of 2017 Alannah was the Summer Intern for the Perry Institute. Alannah is currently the Research Assistant for Perry Institute under the Reef Rescue Network. She will travel throughout the Bahamas conducting AGRRA coral reef surveys as well as establishing coral nurseries and outplanting corals grown in already established nurseries back onto the reef for the Reverse The Decline Project.

Reef Rescue Network Outplants 250 Corals

Reef Rescue Network Outplants 250 Corals With low ocean temperatures, it’s the perfect time of year to be outplanting corals and last weekend, Saturday 6th January 2018, the Reef Rescue Network collaborated with Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas to begin the process of outplanting corals from one of the most successful coral nurseries in The Bahamas, The Bond [...]

By | 2018-01-18T21:19:31+00:00 January 12th, 2018|, |

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 [...]

By | 2018-01-17T21:20:06+00:00 November 17th, 2017|, |

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 [...]

By | 2018-01-18T14:43:44+00:00 October 17th, 2017||

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 are [...]

By | 2018-01-18T14:43:44+00:00 August 17th, 2017|, |

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 [...]

By | 2018-01-17T19:32:42+00:00 July 27th, 2017|, |

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 [...]

World Oceans 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 off this [...]

By | 2018-01-18T14:43:44+00:00 June 8th, 2017|, |

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 [...]

By | 2018-01-17T17:46:13+00:00 May 25th, 2017|, |

SECORE Workshop 2017

In May 2017, The Perry Institute for Marine Science joined coral restoration scientists and practitioners from around the region at the CARMABI Marine Research Station on Curacao for the launch of the Global Coral Restoration Project. This is a global initiative led by our partners at SECORE international and The Nature Conservancy.  The workshop featured [...]

By | 2018-01-17T16:53:34+00:00 May 17th, 2017|, |