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|, |

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

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

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

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 | 2017-06-07T17:44:24+00:00 June 7th, 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|, |

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 | 2018-01-18T14:43:45+00:00 March 15th, 2017||