Mariculture. Image: Michael Chu.
Fisheries

A wealth of potential for aquaculture in the Caribbean

The Caribbean could increase its seafood production to over 34 million metric tons per year, according to recently published research on the economic and ecological potential for offshore mariculture in the region: A team led by researchers at UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and the …

Eagle Beach, Aruba. Image: Chris Ford
General

Green Antilles link roundup: January 6, 2019

Aruba’s Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is the Caribbean’s first carbon-neutral resort — The resort has been a pioneer in sustainability in the hospitality industry for over 30 years. From organizing beach cleanups in the very early years, to installing energy efficient appliances and supporting turtle conservation programs, the resort knows the value …

Seagrass (Thalassia testudinum). Image: James St. John.
Biodiversity

The value of nature: seagrass beds save beaches and money

The Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research reports on recent research, carried out in the Caribbean, that shows how seagrass saves beaches and money by preventing erosion and reducing the need for artificial beach nourishment: Seagrass beds are so effective in protecting tropical beaches from erosion, that they can reduce …

Largetooth sawfish. Image: Forrest Samuels
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Green Antilles link roundup: December 16, 2018

Largetooth sawfish and silky shark gain additional protection in the Caribbean — Caribbean nations agreed last week to add two more species to the annexes of the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) Protocol, the only transnational legal instrument for the environment of the Caribbean. …Regional SPAW member governments unanimously decided …

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Opportunity

Opportunity: media training for environmental journalists on land degradation issues

The Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is providing sponsorship for selected environmental journalists from the Caribbean to receive media training in issues relating to land degradation, desertification and drought. The journalists will also get the opportunity to cover the upcoming meeting of the Committee for the …

Eleuthera, the Bahamas. Image: Cameron Khan
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Green Antilles link roundup: December 9, 2018

Bahamas committed to marine protection goals — The Bahamas remains committed to setting aside 20 percent of its territorial waters as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) by 2020, a Cabinet minister has confirmed. … “This would represent 43 newly-proposed marine protected areas, covering more than 8.1m acres of clear, blue ocean.” Caribbean urged …

Carriacou, Grenada. Image: Vlad Podvorny
General

Nominations invited for the Euan P. McFarlane Environmental Award

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) is accepting nominations for the 2018 Euan P. McFarlane Environmental Award: Nominations are now being accepted for The Euan P. McFarlane Award to recognize outstanding environmental leadership in the Insular Caribbean. The McFarlane Award was established in 1987 to provide recognition for …