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Desecheo Anole found only on Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico. Photo by Tommy Hall. Copyright: Island Conservation
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Removal of invasive alien species from offshore islands in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic leads to a rebound in endemic species populations

Island Conservation, an international organization dedicated to preventing species extinctions by removing invasive species from islands, reports that two of its biggest successes of 2017 were in the Caribbean: Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico After more than a decade of conservation intervention, Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is once again safe …

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Goat Islands, Jamaica. Image credit: Jeremy Francis
Biodiversity

After years of advocacy, Jamaica’s Goat Islands to be declared a wildlife sanctuary

Jamaica’s Goat Islands, which were previously the intended location for a port development project that would have destroyed key habitats and ecosystems, are now to be declared a national wildlife sanctuary. The Jamaica Environment Trust reports: The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is celebrating the decision by the Urban Development Corporation …

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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 …

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Biodiversity

With support from local communities and indigenous peoples, scientists discover dozens of new species in Guyana’s rainforest

This BBC article about the discovery of 30 species in the rainforests of Guyana takes special care to acknowledge the important contribution that local communities and indigenous peoples make to scientific discoveries such as these: Without expertise and logistical support from local residents, navigating the remote Kaieteur National Park, the …

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Biodiversity

Funding Opportunity—The David S. Lee Fund for the Conservation of Caribbean Birds

If you are an early career scientist or naturalist working in the Caribbean to protect Caribbean birds and their habitats, consider applying for a BirdsCaribbean David S. Lee conservation grant. The application deadline is Sunday, January 7, 2018. Scientists/naturalists working in the Caribbean, in conservation organizations or academic programs, may …

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Crested Oropendola. Image credit: Alistair Rae
Biodiversity

A birder’s guide to Trinidad

According to this article from Discover Trinidad and Tobago, it’s peak birding season in Trinidad right now: The island is blessed with nearly 500 recorded species — among the top 10 countries in the world for number of species per square mile. Peak birding season is November–May, but there’s lots …

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Soufrière Scotts Head Marine Reserve, Scott's Head, Commonwealth of Dominica. Image credit: Wayne Hsieh
Oceans

For optimal marine reserve design, take tourism into account

A new research article argues, based on a bioeconomic model, that “accounting for tourism benefits will ultimately motivate greater ocean protection” when it comes to the design and management of marine reserves: Marine reserve design often considers potential benefits to conservation and/or fisheries but typically ignores potential revenues generated through …

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