Nassau Grouper Population Genetics

Project Summary The Bahamas has some of the largest remaining populations of endangered Nassau grouper. However, these populations are in decline.  In partnership with the Bahamian PhD candidate Krista Sherman, we are unlocking the mysteries of Nassau grouper populations in The Bahamas using advanced genetic techniques.  This research is aimed at determining how Nassau grouper from different [...]

By | 2017-04-12T19:32:11+00:00 March 15th, 2017||

How did Hurricane Matthew impact Bahamian Coral Reefs?

The Perry Institute for Marine Science led surveys of several coral reefs receiving different levels of impact from Hurricane Matthew in several parts of The Bahamas.  Reefs surveyed after Matthew were reefs previously surveyed 12 months prior to the storm to assess before and after impacts. Sites surveyed experienced varying impacts [...]

By | 2018-01-18T14:43:45+00:00 February 2nd, 2017||

Bahamas Report Card 2016

From 2011 to 2013, the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation (ABPF) supported the assessment of a total of 214 reefs throughout The Bahamas, including sites on Cay Sal Bank, Andros, the Southern Bahamas, New Providence and Rose Island, the Little Bahama Bank and partial surveys in the Exuma Cays and Berry Islands. Access our Coral Reef Report Card 2016 to learn more.

By | 2018-01-18T14:43:45+00:00 January 26th, 2017||

2014 Coral Reef Report Card

In 2008, the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation (ABPF) supported the first comprehensive baseline survey of 21 coral reefs around New Providence and Rose Island, Bahamas. Access our Coral Reef Report Card 2014 to learn more.

By | 2018-01-18T14:43:45+00:00 January 26th, 2017||

Nassau grouper migration patterns during full moon suggest collapsed historic fish spawning aggregation and evidence of an undocumented aggregation

Many fish species migrate to form fish spawning aggregations. The temporal and spatial predictability of these migrations and spawning aggregation locations makes species vulnerable to overfishing, as the majority of an adult population within a large region may be harvested quickly with minimal effort.

By | 2018-01-18T14:43:45+00:00 January 26th, 2017||

Integrating population biology into conservation management for endangered Nassau grouper Epinephelus striatus

Groupers are a phylogenetically diverse group and include many ecologically and economically valuable predatory marine fishes that have experienced drastic population declines. Reproduction via spawning aggregations increases the vulnerability of grouper species such as Nassau grouper Epinephelus striatus to overfishing, and this is likely to be a major contributing factor to population declines.

By | 2018-01-18T14:43:45+00:00 January 26th, 2017||