Coral Reef Programs

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|, |

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

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 | 2017-04-02T17:39:25+00:00 March 15th, 2017|, |

Assessing and Monitoring Coral Reef Health

Project Summary As part of the Blue Project and reversing the Decline of Bahamian Coral Reefs program, we have been assessing aspects of coral reef health throughout The Bahamas.  These assessments have been used to guide reef rehabilitation efforts, develop management plans for protected areas, and select sites for new protected areas. Repeated surveys at some [...]

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

Protecting parrotfish

Project Summary Parrotfish are among the most important herbivores on Caribbean coral reefs. This is particularly true in areas, like The Bahamas, where the long-spines sea urchin Diadema antillarum has not recovered from a regional die-off over 35 years ago. They consume seaweed and give corals a chance to grow and reefs a chance to [...]

By | 2017-04-11T19:26:03+00:00 March 15th, 2017||

Bringing Diadema Back

Project Summary They may not be "sexy", but the long-spines sea urchin, Diadema antillarum, is one of the most important species on coral reefs.  As grazers, they keep seaweed growth in check and allow coral larvae to settle and grow. This increases reef resilience and allows reefs to recover after corals die off from natural or [...]

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

Bahamas Reef Restoration Network – BRRN

Project Summary Reversing the decline of coral reefs throughout The Bahamas is a group effort, requiring multiple restoration sites throughout the country. To this end, The Perry Institute has partnered with local conservation organizations, research labs, dive operators and other stakeholders to create the Bahamas Coral Reef Restoration Network.  The goal of this network is to empower [...]

By | 2017-04-12T19:22:45+00:00 March 15th, 2017||

Controlling Coral Predators

Project Summary For some endangered coral species like staghorn and elkhorn coral, restoring populations with colonies grown in nurseries may be the best hope for their recovery. Several threats may still limit recovery of these species, however.  On many reefs in The Bahamas, elkhorn and staghorn coral populations may not recover due to a species of snail, [...]

By | 2017-04-15T00:48:20+00:00 March 15th, 2017||