Coral bleaching. Image: Ken Clifton
Oceans

Research finds that in the Caribbean, overseas territories are more vulnerable to coral bleaching than independent countries

According to a new study, independent Caribbean island countries tend to be less vulnerable to coral bleaching than overseas territories: “We were surprised to find that independent islands have lower social-ecological vulnerability than territories…. Territories — such as the Dutch islands of Sint Maarten and Saba — tend to be …

Stony coral tissue loss disease. Image: via US NOAA
Biodiversity
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Stony coral tissue loss disease spreads through the northern Caribbean

In recent weeks both St. Maarten and the US Virgin Islands have reported cases of stony coral tissue loss disease. The first incidence of stony coral tissue loss disease was recorded in 2014 in Miami-Dade county in Florida, and the disease has since spread south through the Florida Keys. Outbreaks …

Jaguar in Guyana. Image: Rustom Seegopaul.
General

Green Antilles link roundup: January 13, 2019

Guyana signs on to a new roadmap to save the jaguar — In an unprecedented global commitment to saving the jaguar, key jaguar range states and leading international conservation organisations joined together to launch the Jaguar 2030 Conservation Roadmap for the Americas. Belize and Suriname are also participating countries in this …

St. Maarten landfill fire. Image: via St. Maarten Daily Herald.
Air pollution

St. Maarten landfill puts public health “in peril”

Following a recent Green Antilles post about the recurring fires at the Riverton landfill in Jamaica, a reader brought to my attention the ongoing landfill woes in St. Maarten. The most recent fire at the Pond Island landfill occurred just days ago, leading to public health advisories for communities nearby. …

Haitian students plant trees to help local birds. Image: Société Écologique d’Haïti via BirdsCaribbean
Biodiversity

Bird festival inspires youth across the Caribbean

BirdsCaribbean media release — “We’re so excited to have an event in Haiti this year!” Ingrid Flores is delighted to add a new country to her map of events. She is the coordinator of the Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival (CEBF). It is organized every year by BirdsCaribbean. Partners across the …

Nature Foundation staff tags a shark in St. Maarten's waters. Image: St. Maarten Nature Foundation.
Biodiversity

St. Maarten Nature Foundation relaunches shark conservation project

The St. Maarten Nature Foundation has relaunched its shark research and conservation project, which was put on hold in 2017 as a result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria: Nature Foundation has restarted its shark conservation programme as part of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) “Save Our Sharks” conservation project …

Black tip reef shark. Image credit: Faris Algosaibi
Biodiversity

Caribbean conservationists at a meeting in Trinidad unhappy to find shark on the menu

At a recent regional seminar in Trinidad, conservationists were dismayed to be served what was apparently shark meat: In an unfortunate turn of events, several conservationists were allegedly served bake and shark at a recent seminar hosted by the US Embassy on Caribbean disaster management and preparedness at a Port …