Research Station Carmabi news (Page 2)

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 [...]

Secore workshop on coral rearing 2014

The SECORE Foundation is an international non-profit organization to promote coral reef conservation through research, education, outreach, and restoration. As part of its training and outreach program, SECORE plans to organize three field workshops in 2014. The goal of the workshop program is to train local stakeholders and a limited number of public aquarium affiliates in coral breeding and restoration techniques, and related disciplines during a 10-day hands-on training workshop. For more information on SECORE’s workshop program, please visit our [...]

Four Wetlands protected on Curacao under the Ramsar Treaty

The government of the Netherlands has designated four new coastal and near-coastal Wetlands of International Importance on the Netherlands Antilles island of Curaçao, a constitutent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in the Leeward Antilles 70km north of Venezuela. The Netherlands presently has 53 Ramsar Sites, the 5th highest national total after the United Kingdom, Mexico, Spain, and Australia. Staff of the Carmabi Foundation (Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity) in Willemstad were helpful in the preparation of the [...]

Inter-island travel of the Long-nosed bat confirmed

Last Tuesday, January 15th 2013, during a bat research session in one of the important bat caves on the eastern part of the island of Curacao, local bat researchers of the PPR-ABC (PAP: Programa pa Protehé Ratonnan di Anochi di islanan ABC) recaptured and released two Long-nosed bats ("Lepto’s")  which were previously tagged on Bonaire. This finding signifies a major breakthrough in understanding the population dynamics of this key species for the ABC-islands. After more than 4 years of [...]

‘Reef will die with development at Oostpunt’

Source: AMIGOE, November 7th 2012 WILLEMSTAD — “If one really would proceed to develop from Lagun Blanku up to Punt Kanon in such a way, this reef will certainly be affected or die back within 4.5 years. This is a fact”, said Rolf Bak, an worldwide renowned authority in the area of coral reef research. He speaks in response to the recently organized public hearing by the Government to inform the public on the plans regarding Oostpunt and the possible [...]

‘Ontwikkeling bij Oostpunt zal rif doen afsterven’

Bron: AMIGOE woensdag, 07 november 2012 09:51 WILLEMSTAD — “Als men daadwerkelijk op zodanige wijze tot ontwikkeling vanaf Lagun Blanku tot aan Punt Kanon zou overgaan, dan zal dit rif met zekerheid binnen 4,5 jaar kapot gaan ofwel afsterven. Dat staat vast”, stelt Rolf Bak, een autoriteit op het gebied van wereldwijd koraalwetenschappelijk onderzoek. Hij reageert nadat de overheid onlangs een openbare hoorzitting heeft georganiseerd om het publiek te informeren over de plannen met betrekking tot Oostpunt en de mogelijke [...]

News and developments relevant to the Jan Kok Oilspill

News and developments relevant to the Jan Kok Oilspill UPDATE MAANDAG 5 NOVEMBER: DE OPRUIMWERKZAAMHEDEN ZIJN GEREED. ALLE MEDEWERKENDE ORGANISATIES EN VRIJWILLIGERS WORDEN HARTELIJK BEDANKT VOOR HUN INZET GEDURENDE DE AFGELOPEN DRIE MAANDEN. HOEWEL HET GEBIED ER NU "SCHOON" UITZIET, BLIJFT NADER ONERZOEK VEREIST OM VAST TE STELLEN WELKE LANGE TERMIJNS GEVOLGEN DEZE OLIE RAMP OP DE BINNENBAAI EN DE KORAALRIFFEN HEEFT GEHAD. This report is solely intended to describe the efforts conducted so far to mitigate the effects of the [...]

Educational videos about coral reefs

Program: Changing Seas Episode: Mysterious Microbes From: http://video.wpbt2.org/They are some the ocean’s tiniest inhabitants. On coral reefs, microorganisms are copious creatures. But in a world that’s invisible to the naked eye, drastic changes are taking place. Throughout Florida, scientists painstakingly work to identify key players within this microbial community. Recent breakthroughs revealed a direct link between a human pathogen and a devastating coral disease Clich here to see this video Microbes rule the reef. They determine both coral reef health and decline. Exploration [...]

New Carmabi report on the current state of Curacao’s coral reefs 2012

To download the report, Vermeij MJA (2012) Curacao State of the reef 2012 Carmabi (c)2012 Papiamentu follows english below The coral reefs of Curaçao represent one of the best reef systems left in the Caribbean at present. However, this does not mean that these reef systems are doing well.  On the contrary: increased coastal development has resulted in pollution of near shore waters through the release of (untreated) sewage, nutrients and chemicals and overfishing represent some of the factors that have [...]