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Staff Spotlight: Valeria Pizarro

Dr. Valeria Pizarro Staff Spotlight! "From my first dive, I fell in love with the sea and all the life it holds; but it wasn't until I started studying corals and understanding their simplicity and complexity that I decided I wanted to dedicate my professional life to it. Since [...]

By |2020-10-22T20:45:47+00:00October 22nd, 2020|, , |

Webinar: The Nassau Grouper Journey

The Nassau Grouper Journey Webinar With Krista Sherman In this 'jawesome' new webinar, Senior Scientist Dr. Krista Sherman shares her decade-long experience working with the Critically Endangered Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus). Hosted by Sharks4Kids, Krista unpacks the Nassau grouper life cycle, and why we're sadly seeing declines of up [...]

By |2020-10-20T03:49:04+00:00October 20th, 2020|, |

Sensational Sea Sponges

SENSATIONAL SEA SPONGES And Their Importance to Marine Life – Written by Valeria Pizarro Let's talk about sponges; a group of animals (yes, animals!) that have been living on earth for more than 640 million years. There are about 8,800 described species and most of them can be found [...]

By |2020-10-15T19:04:08+00:00October 15th, 2020|, |

Photogrammetry: A New Tool To Practice Coral ID

PHOTOGRAMMETRY: A NEW TOOL TO PRACTICE CORAL ID Photogrammetry extracts 3-dimensional information from multiple photos of the same thing. In a nutshell, it relies on computer vision processes to find overlapping points between photos, and then can re-create the original 3-dimensional orientation of the cameras and the things you photograph. [...]

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 [...]

Protecting Bahamian Reefs: Identifying and Preventing Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease

We need your help to MONITOR and STOP the spread of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) in The Bahamas. The Perry Institute for Marine Science has created this educational video about how to identify SCTLD, report sightings, and disinfect gear/boats if you come in contact with it. Report SCTLD sightings at [...]

By |2020-09-18T19:44:38+00:00September 10th, 2020|, , |

PIMS Expands Capacity for Monitoring Bahamian Coral Reefs

by Dr. Krista Sherman, Senior Scientist at PIMS The Perry Institute for Marine Science (PIMS) has conducted Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGRRA) training workshops since 2011, to help build capacity for coral reef monitoring within The Bahamas. PIMS hosted its first virtual AGRRA training workshop in June [...]

By |2020-08-13T17:51:49+00:00August 13th, 2020||

PIMS Celebrates PADI Women’s Dive Day: Four Bahamian Ladies Discover Scuba Diving

by Hayley-Jo Carr, Training Director and Coordinator at PIMS's Reef Rescue Network On July 18th, 2020 The Perry Institute for Marine Science (PIMS) participated in PADI Women’s Dive Day, a day to celebrate female divers and to encourage participation in scuba diving. PIMS’ Community Conservation Education and Action [...]

By |2020-08-04T13:57:31+00:00July 28th, 2020||

New Report Card Shows Hope for Bahamian Reefs Despite Decline

         PRESS RELEASE July 17, 2020 Media Contact: Stanton Charlton Perry Institute for Marine Science scharlton@perryinstitute.org   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – In the wake of the devastation from Hurricane Dorian and economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is increased interest in The Bahamas for a “Blue Economy” where sustainable ocean resources [...]

Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease Penetrates New Providence

by Stanton Charlton, Communications Specialist at PIMS For several months now, the world has become familiar with the increasing ferocity of COVID-19. Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) may be equally threatening, if not moreso, to Caribbean coral reefs. After confirming its spread to Grand Bahama in March, we [...]

By |2020-06-17T00:46:07+00:00June 11th, 2020|, , |