World Oceans Day Captures Local Attention

World Oceans Day is June 8, a celebration and reminder of the ocean and the need to protect it and the life it carries. Almost 40 percent of the world's oceans have been impacted by pollution and over 100,000 marine creatures have lost their lives through plastic entanglement.

By | June 8th, 2017||Comments Off on World Oceans Day Captures Local Attention

Celebrating World Oceans Day: documentary highlights the importance of and threats to corals

Coral’s sustainability is vital to the marine ecosystem as they provide food and shelter for other marine life, in addition to helping protect shorelines and preserve beaches.

By | June 8th, 2017||Comments Off on Celebrating World Oceans Day: documentary highlights the importance of and threats to corals

CORALS RESTORED TO AREA DESTROYED BY HURRICANE MATTHEW

Today, Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas finished a successful two day harvesting and out planting of corals to three coral reefs off New Providence that were destroyed last year by Hurricane Matthew. As part of Atlantis’ established commitment to the flourishing Bahamian ecology, this effort continues to expand the sustainability of one of the nation’s natural resources, the ocean.

By | June 8th, 2017||Comments Off on CORALS RESTORED TO AREA DESTROYED BY HURRICANE MATTHEW

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. Why celebrate World Oceans Day? A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival. Every year, World Oceans Day provides a unique opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve the world’s oceans. Oceans are very important: They generate most of [...]

By | June 7th, 2017||Comments Off on World Oceans Day

Corals and Climate Change

Project Summary Corals face threats from climate change such as increased sea temperatures. Even small increases above summer average temperature can affect corals. When this happens they lose the symbiotic algae that live in their tissue and provide them with food. Corals that lose symbionts appear white as if they were bleached and may die.  Death due to [...]

By | March 15th, 2017||Comments Off on Corals and Climate Change

Monitoring Climate Change and Its Impacts to Reefs

Project Summary Climate change is one of the greatest threats to coral reefs and coastal communities.  Increased sea temperatures and sea levels from climate change can kill reef building corals and drown mangrove forests next to developed areas. Because corals and mangroves naturally reduce wave energy and trap sediments, their loss leads to increased shoreline erosion. This puts coastal communities [...]

By | March 15th, 2017||Comments Off on Monitoring Climate Change and Its Impacts to Reefs

Assessing Reefs to Select Marine Protected Areas

Project Summary The Bahamas has been a regional leader in the creation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), such as parks and marine fishery reserves for conservation and fishery management. At present, The bahamas has approximately 10% of its nearshore waters protected in some form of MPA, and has committed to expanding there protected area system to [...]

By | March 15th, 2017||Comments Off on Assessing Reefs to Select Marine Protected Areas

Improving Communications

Project Summary Communicating the results of research to key audiences is a critical step to changing behaviors and building stewardship. These audiences may be diverse - ranging from resource users like fishers, to marine resource managers and politicians who make policy, to the general public who are consumers of seafood. Therefore, effective communications require adapting messages [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|, |Comments Off on Improving Communications

Improving Marine Protected Area Management

Project Summary While there is a great emphasis on hitting targets for creating Marine Protected Areas, managing these areas effectively is critical. Too often, we see MPAs get designated as "paper parks" with no management plans or no effective implementation of these plans. The creation of MPAs without effective management does little to protect biodiversity, support fisheries [...]

By | March 15th, 2017||Comments Off on Improving Marine Protected Area Management

Valuing Marine Ecosystems

Project Summary The ecological value of tropical marine habitats like coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass is clear, but what is their economic value? These habitats support important commercial and subsistence fisheries, provide opportunities for tourism and recreation, protect from storms and flooding, and can be important carbon sinks. Furthermore, degradation of these habitats can decrease or lead to loss of these [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|, |Comments Off on Valuing Marine Ecosystems