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Weekend photos: peacock flounders

Peacock flounder, © Michael Buchanan

The peacock flounder changes its color and the pattern on its skin to exactly match the sea floor. One of the eyes recognizes the pattern of its surroundings. If this eye is covered by sand, the peacock flounder can’t camouflage itself. (Via) These photos, both taken by Michael Buchanan, were entries in the first international […]

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Winners announced in the first international Dutch Caribbean Nature Photo Competition

Overall winner of the first International Dutch Caribbean Nature Photo Contest, © Richard Stanage

The above photo, taken by Richard Stanage, was adjudged the overall winner of the first International Dutch Caribbean Nature Photo Contest, which was organized by the Saba Conservation Foundation and the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA). See more of the other beautiful photos that were entered in the competition at the DCNA website.

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Video: Paul Hoetjes talks about the lionfish invasion of the Caribbean

Paul Hoetjes, of the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, which has responsibility for nature conservation in the Netherlands Antilles talks about the lionfish progression in the Caribbean, and how to best deal with the invasion. This interview was recorded as part of the recently concluded Saba Sea & Learn activities.

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Saba Bank is a particularly sensitive sea area

The Maritime Executive reports that: The Saba Bank, in the north-eastern Caribbean area of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, was formally designated as a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), when it met for its 64th session from 1 to 5 October 2012, […]

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Taking it to the (Saba) Bank

Taking it to the (Saba) Bank

An article about the Saba Bank, the world’s third largest submerged atoll. Contributed by Green Antilles reader Patrick Holian.

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Bonaire, Saba and Statia develop five-year nature policy plan

The territories of the Dutch Caribbean recently met to develop a five-year nature policy: On October 13th the first workshop for the formulation of a Nature Policy Plan for the Dutch Caribbean [was] held in Bonaire. The main stakeholders of Saba, Sint Eustatius and Bonaire in the area of nature conservation and protection [came] together […]

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New network of marine protected areas includes Anguilla, Saba, Statia, St. Barths, St. Maarten and St. Martin

Representatives from six Caribbean territories are meeting in St. Martin to launch a new network of marine protected areas: The Reserve Naturelle organizes the first exchange meeting for marine protected areas of St. Martin, St. Maarten, St. Barths, Anguilla, Saba and Statia. The four-day meeting started [on Monday] with a lunch at the Mercure hotel, […]

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Concern over “holes” in Saba Bank coral reefs

Corals on the Saba Bank

A recent survey of the Saba Bank has found visible damage and degradation: The Saba Bank, one of the largest atolls in the undersea world, is suffering the from increasing sea temperatures. According to a study from the IMARES scientific institute at Wageningen University, the Saba Bank exhibits large holes and significantly decreased growth. The […]

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Using GIS to map nature in the Dutch Caribbean

In their latest blog post the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) explains some of their recent conservation work, monitoring and mapping flora and fauna in Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten: Protecting this paradise is the goal of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA), a partnership organization made up of the islands’ […]

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Suriname Conservation Foundation and Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance provide good practice examples of conservation trust funding

A recently published study about the long term benefits of permanent conservation endowments includes case studies and examples of best practice from Suriname and the Dutch Caribbean. I’ve embedded the full paper below, and here’s one of the relevant excerpts: A remarkable thing has occurred with most of the Conservation Trust Funds we have observed. […]

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Can the Caribbean survive climate induced impacts?

The UN Climate Change Conference 2012 is being held in Quatar this week. Caribbean 360 reports on concerns of survivability […]

Green Antilles interview: Salome Buglass, Masters student at UBC, asks Have Tobago’s corals survived mass bleaching?

It is my joy to present the second Green Antilles interview. Salome Buglass is a Master’s student at the University […]

World Ocean Assessment workshop for the Caribbean

On November 13-15, a World Ocean Assessment Workshop was held for the Wider Caribbean in Miami, Florida. The Workshop for […]

Economic impact assessment of recreational fishing in the Caribbean

Recreational fisheries are prevalent in most Caribbean islands, though to date, the socio-economic characteristics of this sector are poorly studied. […]

Weekend photos: peacock flounders

Peacock flounder, © Michael Buchanan

The peacock flounder changes its color and the pattern on its skin to exactly match the sea floor. One of […]