An aerial view shows damage after Hurricane Dorian to the Pelican Shores area of Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas.
Following the devastating passage of Hurricane Dorian through the Northern Bahamas, we are saddened by the tragic loss of life, and the suffering that the people of the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama have endured. Many of our friends and partners on Abaco and Grand Bahama have lost their homes, cars, boats, and businesses, but thankfully all of our partners are accounted for. With as many as 70,000 people displaced from their homes and 2,500 people still considered missing, as we write this, The Bahamas is still in the midst of a crisis that will reshape the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama for a generation or more. As the relocation and relief efforts bring stability to the area, we will begin to turn our attention back to the marine environment and over the next few weeks will assess the potentially devastating impacts of the storm. Over the past year and a half we have collected extensive data on the status of coral reefs, fish populations, conch populations and mangrove ecosystems within the areas hit hardest by Dorian, and we will be revisiting them in the coming weeks to assess the extent of Dorian’s impact on the marine environment. This information will help us work with local partners to determine strategies for addressing storm impacts. Please check back with us to learn more of the underwater impacts of Dorian and how reefs and other marine ecosystems are influenced by hurricanes.