This is a beautiful, hope-inspiring article by Christina Larson (Associated Press) about efforts to replant and to jumpstart the natural growth of the coral reefs of Jamaica. [Many thanks to Peter Jordens for sharing!] Larson writes about divers who have become “coral gardeners” like Everton Simpson and Lenford DaCosta. Larson writes, “After a series of […]
The full title of this article by Jada Stewart (Global Voices) is “Tobago’s coral bleaching alert makes it clear there is ‘no alternative’ to fighting the climate crisis.” Stewart reports that the island’s reefs are on “Bleaching Alert Level One”—not good, as studies show that coral reefs protect around 90 per cent of Tobago’s shoreline from wave-induced erosion […]
Barbados needs to act now to save its coral reefs! Marine Biologist at the Coastal Zone Management Unit (CZMU), Angelique Brathwaite, said the reality is that the situation regarding the island’s coral reefs is now “dire”, and all sectors need to come together to save them. “Our coral reefs are in serious trouble. Most of […]
Cassie Martin (Science News) reports on a disease that has been ravaging coral reefs in the Caribbean for several years, a condition called stony coral tissue loss disease or “skittle-D,” which seems to be accelerating at an unexpected rate. Martin writes, “Off St. Thomas, the disease is moving faster and killing more corals than any […]
The release of An overview of major shark traders catchers and species by TRAFFIC reveals the extent and trends in reported trade in sharks and rays. This follows the successful listing of Longfin and Shortfin Mako Sharks in CITES1 Appendix II at the 18th Conference of the Parties held in Geneva last month.
Earlier this year, it was announced that a new Southern Resident killer whale had been born last December! Lucky, as it had been nicknamed, is a part of the L pod and a few months after it was born, another southern resident was born to the J pod. For a short time, there were 76 […]
A report from the Jamaica Information Service The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is encouraging the public to show support for a trash-free Jamaica by participating in International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICCD) 2019 on September 21. NEPA and the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) have partnered to execute a cleanup exercise at the Barmouth Beach in […]