Author: cmsd

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

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 that [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]