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Nassau Grouper Closed Season!

NASSAU GROUPER CLOSED SEASON IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! Give the gift of healthy Nassau grouper populations this Holiday Season! Did you know? The Nassau grouper “Closed Season” begins today (Dec. 1), and continues until Feb. 28. Remember not to fish, buy, sell or eat Nassau grouper during [...]

New Poster: How You Can Help Protect the Nassau Grouper

NEW POSTER: HOW YOU CAN HELP PROTECT THE NASSAU GROUPER Critically endangered species are those facing a HIGH risk of becoming EXTINCT! The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Grouper and Wrasses Specialist Group has classified 13% of the grouper species assessed to date as threatened (i.e. critically [...]

Highlights From GCFI173

HIGHLIGHTS FROM GCFI73 The Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Conference (GCFI) is an annual event that bridges the gap between a range of stakeholders including fishers, policymakers, marine resource managers, students, scientists and non-governmental organizations to foster learning and collaborative approaches to better tackle key environmental issues facing the region. [...]

Should the Shark & Sea Turtle Ban Be Lifted in The Bahamas? Here’s What the Science Says

SHOULD THE SHARK & SEA TURTLE BAN BE LIFTED IN THE BAHAMAS? HERE'S WHAT THE SCIENCE SAYS By Dr. Craig Dahlgren, Executive Director, PIMS Shark and sea turtle conservation in The Bahamas has recently re-emerged as a contentious issue. Since 2011, The Bahamas has been a shark sanctuary with [...]

Super Spikey Cleaners

SUPER SPIKEY CLEANERS By Hayley-Jo Carr The Longspined Sea Urchin, Diadema antillarum, provides essential ecosystem services to coral reefs, however populations have seen drastic reductions in numbers due to a disease outbreak in the 1980s.  Restoration efforts are underway to assist in restoring local populations of this important grazer. [...]

Highlights from “Hurricane Dorian: Impacts Below the Surface”

"HURRICANE DORIAN: IMPACTS BELOW THE SURFACE" LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION An Overview - Written by Lily Haines “We saw all sorts of things you typically don’t see on reefs… vacuum cleaners, pieces of construction and roofing materials, plumbing materials, laptops and lawnmowers,” said Dr. Krista Sherman, Senior Scientist at [...]

FRCP Shares December 2019 Update

Preserving Fisheries and Ecosystems  by Dr. Krista Sherman, Senior Scientist at PIMS The Fisheries Research & Conservation Program (FRCP) has had a very productive 2019! With the support of partners and interns, we visited 7 islands and spent more than 200 hours underwater. We completed surveys for several [...]

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Fish Spawning Aggregations Workshop 2019 Recap

Monitoring Our Breeders: Building Capacity for Fish Spawning Aggregation Research in The Bahamas by Dr. Krista Sherman, Senior Scientist at PIMS From November 11-13, 2019, the Perry Institute for Marine Science (PIMS) conducted its first fish spawning aggregations training workshop under the Fisheries Research & Conservation Program. The [...]

Parrotfish Projects at Perry Institute For Marine Science

Written by: Dr. Krista Sherman, Senior Scientist, PIMS WHY PARROTFISH? It doesn’t matter whether they are small or big — parrotfish are some of the most colourful, interesting, and valuable marine species. The atypical “beaklike” teeth and vibrant colours of these fish probably contributed to their common name. Thirteen [...]