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.

Contemporary and emerging fisheries in The Bahamas

"Contemporary and emerging fisheries in The Bahamas— Conservation and management challenges, achievements and future directions." Krista D. Sherman | Aaron D. Shultz | Craig P. Dahlgren | Claire Thomas |Edward Brooks | Annabelle Brooks | Daniel R. Brumbaugh |Dr. Lester Gittens | Karen J. Murchie The harvest of marine resources has [...]

By | 2018-09-24T21:18:45+00:00 September 20th, 2018|, |

Ecological Impacts of Sponge Harvest: An Assessment of Sponge Grounds off Andros Island

Ecological Impacts of Sponge Harvest: An Assessment of Sponge Grounds Off Andros Island QUICK INTRO ON SPONGES There are currently 8897 described species of sponges belonging to the phylum Porifera, with hundreds of species reported from the Caribbean region, including The Bahamas. In discussing sponges with spongers of The [...]

10 Years of Coral Restoration in South Abaco.

10 Years of Coral Restoration in South Abaco Building Resilience, Restoring Reefs. In 2008, Dr. Craig Dahlgren of the Perry Institute for Marine Science and a team from Disney’s The Seas with Nemo and Friends aquarium at Epcot in Orlando began conducting experimental coral restoration on reefs between Disney [...]

By | 2018-07-02T22:56:33+00:00 July 2nd, 2018|, , |

Introducing Anna Zuke a New PADI Reef Rescue Diver Instructor!

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 [...]

By | 2018-06-20T17:16:43+00:00 June 20th, 2018|, |


Atlantic & Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment Training of Trainers: Sharing the Key to Understanding Coral Reefs Coral reefs are an integral ecosystem on Earth as they provide many ecosystem services like food security, coastal protection from storms, medicine and millions of jobs through fishing, tourism and recreation. Countries and [...]

By | 2018-05-11T02:50:32+00:00 May 11th, 2018|, |

Baha Mar Partners With Reef Rescue Network With A Strong Commitment to Coral Conservation

Baha Mar Partners With Reef Rescue Network With A Strong Commitment to Coral Conservation Furthering Baha Mar’s commitment to coral reef conservation, the resort destination announces today the launch of its partnership with The Reef Rescue Network, a newly-created network of organizations and businesses in The Bahamas committed to the creation [...]

Another Successful Outplant by Reef Rescue Network

Another Successful Outplanting by Reef Rescue Network Outplanting from one of our biggest Coral Nurseries in the Reef Rescue Network takes commitment from our volunteers and the generosity of Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas. This month is continuing to be a success with another outplanting day having just occurred [...]

By | 2018-01-29T18:50:23+00:00 January 29th, 2018|, |

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 | 2018-02-05T12:31:58+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||