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 sites over the past decade have also been important. They allow us to assess the negative effects that coral bleaching events, hurricanes, increased fishing and pollution have had. In addition, we can also measure positive effects of protection within Marine protected Areas, like the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, and some of our reef rehabilitation efforts. Another important part of these efforts is building local capacity for reef assessments. Hence, we have been training partners to assess coral reefs using Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGRRA) protocols.
- Bahamas National Trust
- The Nature Conservancy
- Cape Eleuthera Institute
- Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation