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Caribbean Coastal Habitats Are Stressed Out

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Caribbean Coastal Habitats Are Stressed Out

Source: Phys.org/Beth King/Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute - January 1, 2018

Forty percent of the world's 7.5 billion people live in coastal cities and towns. A team including Smithsonian marine biologists just released 25 years of more…

Scientists Examine Hurricane Damage to Caribbean Coral Reefs

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Scientists Examine Hurricane Damage to Caribbean Coral Reefs

Source: Phys.org/Charlotte Hsu/University at Buffalo - December 27, 2017

When hurricanes Maria and Irma tore through the Caribbean, they not only wreaked havoc on land, but also devastated ocean ecosystems.

Coral reefs off St. more…

Economists Develop New Decision-Making Method to Help Efficiently Manage Invasive Lionfish

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Economists Develop New Decision-Making Method to Help Efficiently Manage Invasive Lionfish

Source: Phys.org/Chris Branam/Oregon State University - December 5, 2017

Lionfish are a prime example of damage caused by an invasive species brought into a new environment. With their venomous spines, aggressive behavior, and few more…

Hotspots of Coastal Risks Highlighted in New Study of Latin America and the Caribbean

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Hotspots of Coastal Risks Highlighted in New Study of Latin America and the Caribbean

Source: Science Daily/UC Santa Cruz - November 6, 2017

The catastrophic 2017 hurricane season provided ample demonstrations of the vulnerability of populations and infrastructure in coastal areas to natural disasters. A new study by more…

Hurricanes Like Irma and Maria Devastate Not Only Communities, But the Marine Environments They Rely On

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Hurricanes Like Irma and Maria Devastate Not Only Communities, But the Marine Environments They Rely On

Source: The Conversation/Richard K.F. Unsworth/Benjamin L. Jones/Leanne Cullen-Unsworth/Lina Mtwana Nordlund - September 26, 2017

Hurricane Irma – one of the strongest on record to hit the Caribbean – recently scoured the islands leaving catastrophic damage in its wake. And more…

The Need for a Coral Vault Seems More Urgent After Hurricane Irma, Especially With Jose and Katia Bearing Down

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The Need for a Coral Vault Seems More Urgent After Hurricane Irma, Especially With Jose and Katia Bearing Down

Source: Hakai Magazine/Sophie Yeo - September 13, 2017

In a laboratory on a narrow patch of land in the Florida Keys, marine biologists were collecting tiny fragments of living corals and storing them more…

You Shall Not Pass: Narrow Ocean Channel in Bahamas Marks Genetic Divide in Brazilian Free-Tailed Bats

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You Shall Not Pass: Narrow Ocean Channel in Bahamas Marks Genetic Divide in Brazilian Free-Tailed Bats

Source: Phys.org/lorida Museum of Natural History - August 22, 2017

Brazilian free-tailed bats are expert flyers, capable of migrating hundreds of miles and regularly traveling more than 30 miles a night. But they pull up more…

Can the Bahamas Help Florida to Save the Conch, Queen of the Caribbean?

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Can the Bahamas Help Florida to Save the Conch, Queen of the Caribbean?

Source: Miami Herald/Jenny Staletovich - August 17, 2017

The queen of the sea, a monster mollusk that inspired its own republic in Florida but now is as likely to be found in a more…

Why Barbados is the Coolest Place to Dive Right Now

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Why Barbados is the Coolest Place to Dive Right Now

Source: Forbes/Breanna Wilson - August 4, 2017

Whether you’re new to diving, or you’ve experienced the waters just about everywhere around the world, there’s no denying that what Barbados offers is unique. more…

Study Finds That Caribbean Corals Benefit From ‘Coral Farming’

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Study Finds That Caribbean Corals Benefit From ‘Coral Farming’

Source: Phys.org/University of Miami - July 27, 2017

A new study found that Caribbean staghorn corals (Acropora cervicornis) are benefiting from "coral gardening," the process of restoring coral populations by planting laboratory-raised coral more…