Caribbean spiny lobster. Image credit: Adam
Biodiversity

Anguilla National Trust receives funding for construction of lobster “casitas”

The Anguilla National Trust has received funding from the European Union to help restore the Little Bay Marine Park as a habitat for the Caribbean spiny lobster: The European Union’s Voluntary Scheme for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of European Overseas (BEST) recently confirmed €100,000 in project funding to …

Nassau Grouper. Image credit: Stephanie Archer, Oregon State University
Biodiversity

Scientists use facial recognition technology to track grouper populations in the Cayman Islands

Scientists in the Cayman Islands recently began using facial recognition technology to monitor Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) during their spawning season: The methods used to count the grouper at aggregation sites have become ever more sophisticated. This year, scientists used a mix of “floy tagging” – counting the prevalence of …

Montserrat shoreline. Image credit: Chuck Stanley
Employment/Volunteering

Vacancy: Fisheries Officer, Montserrat

The Government of Montserrat is inviting applications for the position of Fisheries Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Trade, Lands, and the Environment: Job Purpose Under the supervision of the Chief Fisheries and Ocean Governance Officer the Fisheries Officer provides evidence based technical advice and leadership support to the Fisheries …

Conch and seagrass beds, Grand Bahama. Image: Dave Wilson
Biodiversity

For queen conch in the Bahamas, “time may be running out”

A recent article from Monga Bay analyses the worrying decline in populations of queen conch (Strombus gigas) in the Bahamas: It’s hard to adequately describe the importance of conch to the Bahamas. Conchs are ingrained in the culture; there are conch festivals, conch homecomings and conch-cracking competitions. On the Bahamian …

Flying fish. Image credit: John Cobb.
Fisheries

Eastern Caribbean countries participate in project to manage shared flyingfish fishery

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is leading several countries in projects to support sustainable management of the Eastern Caribbean flyingfish fishery: Seven Caribbean countries are participating in a recently launched series of subprojects which the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is leading under a sustainable management initiative for the …

Peter A. Murray - Programme Manager, Fisheries Management and Development, CRFM Secretariat, lecturing to participants. Image credit: CRFM
Fisheries

Caribbean countries better equipped to fight illegal, unreported or unregulated fishing

Coast Guard and Marine Police officers in the Eastern Caribbean recently received training in Fisheries Prosecution and Interdiction: Twenty border control officers from six Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) completed a three-week training course in Fisheries Prosecution and Interdiction, organized by the Barbados-based Regional Security System …