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2nd AcroporaNet Symposium (Amsterdam, December 1st, 2017)

On behalf of the University of Amsterdam and Carmabi, we would like to invite you to The second annual AcroporaNet Symposium on December 1st (2017) in the Turingzaal at the Amsterdam Sciencepark Congress Centre (Sciencepark 123, Amsterdam). The event will last all day and be followed by an informal gathering afterwards. Scientists, policy makers and other interested parties conducting basic and applied research in fields related to tropical marine biology are welcome. Please pass this information on to anyone who may [...]

Damage report of the Megapier 2 construction site

Here one can find a description of the damage caused by construction activities for the second megapier in April 2017. This report (17Mb, so maybe a slow download) is freely available and aims to provide all parties involved with an accurate description of the current situation. The report is voluntarily and independently compiled by Carmabi. The report found that in a relatively large area due aforementioned activities, many coral colonies and colonies of other marine organisms such as gorgonians and sponges [...]

Predictions coral spawning 2017

Based on last year’s surveys, a prediction is now available of expected times and dates that some of the more abundant Caribbean coral species will release the next generation of corals during the annual coral spawning. The dates are only applicable to the Southern Caribbean. Be aware that the coral spawning remains difficult to predict and that this schedule of estimated spawning times provides no guarantees. To see the 2017-spawning prediction for the Southern Caribbean, see (you can also [...]

Possible invasives?

Recently certain alcyonids and tunicates were spotted in relative large numbers on the floats of a large work platform. No one here on Curacao remembers ever seeing these organisms, nor can they be found in local ID guides. Does anyone recognize these species and can confirm they are Caribbean or from elsewhere? Please send responses to carmabilog@gmail.com All pictures taken by :Roy Belderok

Coral spawning predictions for the Southern Caribbean (2016)

Based on last year’s surveys a prediction is now available of expected times and dates that some of the more abundant Caribbean coral species will release the next generation of corals during the annual coral spawning. The dates are only applicable to the Southern Caribbean. Be aware that the coral spawning is becoming more difficult to predict each year and that this schedule of estimated spawning times provides no guarantees. To see the 2016-spawning prediction for the Southern Caribbean, [...]

Laboratory-bred corals reproduce in the wild

Researchers of SECORE International (USA, Germany), the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) and the Carmabi Marine Research Station (Curaçao) have for the first time successfully raised laboratory-bred colonies of a threatened Caribbean coral species to sexual maturity. “In 2011, offspring of the critically endangered elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) were reared from gametes collected in the field and were outplanted to a reef one year later”, explains Valérie Chamberland, coral reef ecologist working for SECORE and Carmabi. “In four years, these [...]