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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. [...]

A Coral Fragment’s Journey – Part II

A Coral Fragment's Journey - Part II Comic Illustrations by Fresh ‘n Salty Let's talk about... coral matchmaking! The nurseries we talked about last week from the Fresh ‘n Salty comic not only help us grow Critically Endangered corals,  they also play an important role in spreading genetic complexity! To [...]

MYSTERIOUS MEDUSOZOA

MYSTERIOUS MEDUSOZOA Even though we can't celebrate Halloween as we used to in the era of COVID-19, jellyfish costumes are among the most popular and beautiful. In honour of October 31, let's talk a little more about invertebrates in the Class Medusozoa, also known as jellyfish! These animals have been living [...]

By |2020-11-01T05:42:12+00:00October 31st, 2020|, |

A Coral Fragment’s Journey – Part 1

A Coral Fragment's Journey: Part 1 Comic Illustrations by Fresh 'n Salty Ever wonder what it’s like to be a coral fragment.... just hanging in a nursery, waiting for your chance to be outplanted onto the reef? ...now you know! The cheeky comic below was [...]

By |2020-10-30T19:21:54+00:00October 29th, 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|, |

Staghorn Coral Restoration

PIMS & Shedd Aquarium Unite for Coral Restoration Expedition by Natalia Hurtado, Research Associate at PIMS, Cape Eleuthera Institute Hayley-Jo Carr, Training Director & Coordinator at PIMS, Reef Rescue Network Valeria Pizarro, Research Associate at PIMS, Cape Eleuthera Institute The long-term survival of the staghorn coral Acropora cervicornis [...]

Introducing Dr. Krista Sherman

PIMS New Senior Scientist The Perry Institute for Marine Science is pleased to welcome Dr. Krista Sherman as the newest member of its scientific team! Dr. Sherman is marine scientist with more than a decade of research and conservation experience and is also the first Bahamian female with a PhD [...]

PIMS Joins The Bahamas Marine Mammal Stranding Network 

by Dr. Krista Sherman On November 30th, 2018 The Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization (BMMRO) hosted its fourth training workshop on marine mammal stranding event in partnership with the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) and Dolphin Cay, Atlantis. Participants included Fisheries Officers (DMR), marine mammal specialists (Dolphin Cay, Altantis), veterinarians, scientists [...]

By |2020-06-29T16:45:45+00:00December 7th, 2018|, |

Rehabilitating Long-spined Sea Urchins

We're Only Just Grazing the Surface The Long-spined urchin, Diadema antillarum, was once the most effective and important grazer on reefs throughout the Caribbean. These urchins are capable of clearing large areas of macroalgae and keeping it clear for coral larvae to settle and grow. However, in 1983, an unknown [...]

Valuing Protection of Marine Ecosystems

Project Summary While we know that tropical marine ecosystems support fisheries, recreational opportunities, attract tourists and provide other ecosystem services, what are these ecosystem services worth? How does the health of an ecosystem affect the value of these services? Can the creation of a marine protected area change its value? How does the management of a protected area affect [...]

By |2017-04-12T19:58:28+00:00March 15th, 2017||