Coral Reef Programs

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|, |

August Acropora Spawning

Over only a few nights each August, an event that is nothing short of wondrous happens. Endangered Elkhorn and Staghorn corals across entire reefs synchronously release their gametes into the water for all of their annual reproduction. While we are still learning about the cues that trigger these mass spawning events and how corals that are [...]

By | 2018-02-05T12:36:51+00:00 August 17th, 2017|, |

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

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 [...]

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||