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Sargassum on a Caribbean beach. Image: Mark Yokoyama
Oceans

Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism launches study on sargassum impacts in the Caribbean

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has launched a study to document the impacts of the recurring influxes of sargassum seaweed in the Caribbean Sea: Over the past 7 years, massive Sargassum influxes have been having adverse effects on national and regional economies in the Caribbean, with substantial loss of …

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Shark, the Bahamas. Image: Mark Yokoyama
Biodiversity

Beneath the Waves and shark conservation in The Bahamas

Marine biologist Melissa Cristina Márquez writes about shark conservation organisation Beneath the Waves and the research they are doing in The Bahamas. According to Dr. Austin Gallagher, the organisation’s Chief Scientist, “There are few places worldwide that are as important to sharks than the Bahamas.” In 2018, Beneath the Waves launched one …

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Shield bug, Puerto Rico. Image: S Crews
Biodiversity

The disappearance of insects from Puerto Rico’s rainforests is a “hyper-alarming” sign

The UK Guardian reports on the collapse of insect populations in Puerto Rico’s Luquillo rainforest. Plummeting insect populations, in Puerto Rico and other parts of the world, have been attributed to climate change, and could have effects that ripple through entire ecosystems and food webs: “We knew that something was …

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Green Turtle, Cayman Islands. Image: Pete.
Biodiversity

Green turtles have made a comeback in the Cayman Islands due to reintroduction programmes

Science Daily reports on the success of a programme to reintroduce the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) to the Cayman Islands: During the eighties, overexploitation of the green turtle in the Cayman Islands caused the disappearance of nesting populations. To recover this endangered population, a program of reintroduction of the species …

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Black-capped petrel. Image: Don Faulkner
Biodiversity

Betty Petersen Conservation Fund awards grants to help conserve endangered birds in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Saint Lucia

BirdsCaribbean has announced the first three recipients of grants from the Betty Petersen Conservation Fund. The selected projects, which all focus on conserving endangered birds endemic to the Caribbean, are based in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Saint Lucia. In Haiti, Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) will be continuing …

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Montserrat Living with Climate Change flyer. Image: CANARI.
Climate Change

CANARI seeks stories of living with climate change in Montserrat

The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) is looking for stories from Montserrat of how the fisheries sector been affected by climate change: The #Living with Climate Change contest is being held as part of the Darwin Plus funded project Climate change adaptation in the fisheries of Anguilla and Montserrat from …

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Coral Vita website screenshot.
Climate Change

Coral Vita: Coral farming in The Bahamas

Gator Halpern, UN Environment’s 2018 Young Champion of the Earth for Latin America and the Caribbean, is working with his company Coral Vita to build the world’s first commercial land-based coral farm, in The Bahamas. Coral Vita’s approach differs from most coral restoration projects in that it uses land-based coral …

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