The health of our oceans depends on gathering knowledge and sharing that knowledge with the world. At the Perry Institute for Marine Science, we use our research to educate government leaders, decision makers, students and teachers, conservation groups and others who are willing and able to make a difference. We provide them with the information they need to understand how the oceans work, why they’re vital to our existence and, ultimately, how they can be repaired and protected.

We organise and work around these four areas:

Fisheries Research & Conservation

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

Coral Reefs

Reef Rescue Network

Fisheries Research & Conservation Program

Many commercially important fishery species are under threats that endanger their long-term viability.

We seek to better understand the nature of species-specific behaviors within their habitat and assess the impact human intervention is having upon marine populations. This will allow us to better manage all species, especially economically important species, by protecting essential habitats, managing fish stocks and, ensuring that areas open to fishing are informed about practices that will sustain marine species populations and human livelihoods.

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Marine Protected Areas

Networks of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are an effective tool for managing fisheries and protecting marine ecosystems, when designed properly.

Science can help guide the creation and management of MPAs to maximize their effectiveness. Perry Institute For Marine Science seeks to provide scientific guidance for the creation, design and effective management of marine protected areas.

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Coral Reefs

Globally, coral reefs are under threat. Roughly one-quarter of coral reefs worldwide are already considered damaged beyond repair, with another two-thirds under serious threat.

The Reverse the Decline program is aimed at reducing stresses that reduce coral cover, protect critical species that make coral reefs resilient to these threats, and assist the recovery of reefs through rehabilitation and restoration of key species.  This research will provide information needed to inform policy decisions and guide reef restoration projects throughout The Bahamas to make our coral reefs more resilient.

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Reef Rescue Network

Building coral nursery structures that help restore the life and livelihood of the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

A network to assist the creation and management of coral restoration with organizations & businesses throughout the Bahamas & Caribbean. Our goal is to help organizations & businesses see how Coral Restoration benefits the educational, recreational, economic and scientific agendas of the entire region.

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