GLOBAL REACH. LOCAL IMPACT.

For over 40 years, The Perry Institute for Marine Science has been a leader in conducting research in support of ocean conservation and stewardship throughout the Caribbean. Some of the core programs have centered around the effective use of Marine Protected Areas for marine conservation and fisheries management, the health of coral reefs and associated ecosystems, and the management of key Caribbean fishery species like the queen conch, Caribbean spiny lobster, and particularly the Nassau grouper.

NASSAU GROUPER

NASSAU GROUPER

The iconic Nassau grouper is a commercially and ecologically important Caribbean fish species, it is now considered critically endangered by the IUCN, and threatened under the Endangered Species Act in the US.

While The Bahamas is one of the few places in the Caribbean where populations are still viable, they are in decline due to unsustainable fishing. The Perry Institute for Marine Science (PIMS) and its partners are addressing threats to this important species.

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MARINE PROTECTED AREAS

MARINE PROTECTED AREAS

The use of Marine Protected areas such as marine parks, fishery reserves, and other areas of the sea that receive an increased level of protective management, are important management tools for a number of purposes.

The implementation of a self-sustaining network of well-managed MPAs is of critical importance to coral reef health. The Perry Institute for Marine Science (PIMS) MPA research continues to inform fisheries and ecosystem management in The Bahamas and the wider Caribbean.

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CORAL REEFS

CORAL REEFS

Over the past decades, coral reefs around the world, including The Bahamas, have been in decline. With numerous local, regional and global threats facing coral reefs, the ability of reefs to support biodiversity and ecosystem services to people has been compromised. Our Reverse The Decline of Bahamian Coral Reefs program, a comprehensive 10-year program, is aimed at improving the health of coral reefs throughout The Bahamas.

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CLIMATE CHANGE

CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change is the most significant challenge facing us this century.

While uncertainty remains over the effects of increased sea surface temperatures and ocean acidification on marine ecosystems, there is a general agreement that a sustained program of research is required along with long-term monitoring to guide decision-making.

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