Research Station Carmabi news

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 [...]

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

Information on Oostpunt including carmabi ‘s concerns regarding the proposed zoning plan

  NEW Open letter to the Parliament of Curacao regarding the recently proposed rezoning of Oostpunt to members of the same Parliament. The Dutch version can be found by clicking here, the Papiamentu version can be found here. A letter with similar, but slightly more detailed information as also send to the Governor of Curacao. Click here to see the letter to the Governor. Carmabi has produced various informative documents to inform Curacaoans and other interested parties about the unique nature [...]

New handbook for coral reef managers: Towards Reef Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods: a handbook for Caribbean reef managers

New handbook for coral reef managers: Towards Reef Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods: a handbook for Caribbean reef managers The FORCE project (click here for details) has produced a handbook that aims to provide reef managers with tools, information and recommendations on management of coral reef ecosystems. The handbook sections range from ecological history and biogeography, resilience as well as climate change issues to fisheries, governance and the monitoring of coral reef ecosystems.Within each section are practical stand-alone ‘briefs’. These briefs [...]

Coral reef jobs currently available

We have a vacancy in the lab for a malacologist with focus on microgastropods to support a SENACYT funded project on ecological and environmental change in Tropical American seas. The position is for 18 months and pay is at the post-doctoral level. The position will be based at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, with a visit to the Stable Isotope Geosciences Facility at Texas A&M to conduct stable isotope analyses with Dr. Ethan Grossman The successful candidate should have A good understanding of paleontology and/or [...]

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 [...]

Coral spawning predictions for 2015

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 2014-spawning prediction for the Southern Caribbean, [...]

New lab opened and open for research

New lab opened and open for research The building of the new Carmabi lab is largely completed and can now be used as accommodation and research facility by visiting scientists and students. The construction of the lab started in June 2011 and after the completion of construction around January 2013, has already accommodated approximately 100 visiting researchers and students. Starting June 2013 the facilities are open to everyone interested in staying at Carmabi for research or courses. The new building consists [...]

Online kaart helpt met de bestrijding van lionfish

Sinds 2009 wordt de invasieve lionfish langs de kust van Curacao waargenomen. Hoewel deze vis een prachtige verschijning is, hebben meerdere wetenschappelijke studies uitgewezen dat deze soort de lokale visstand van voornamelijk juveniele vissen ernstig doet teruglopen. Vissoorten die belangrijk zijn voor de lokale visserij (e.g., purunchi) of voor het behoud van koraalriffen (e.g., papegaaivissen) nemen daarom op den duur in aantal af. Op eilanden waar de lionfish eerder arriveerde dan op Curacao, zijn deze gevolgen duidelijk zichtbaar en [...]