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Baby corals dance their way home

Baby corals find their way home in their first days as free-swimming larvae by listening to the noise of animals on the reef and actively swimming towards it, an international team of researchers working in the Caribbean has discovered. These findings raise new concerns for the future of coral reefs as increasing human noise pollution in the world's oceans is masking reef sounds. Dr Steve Simpson, Senior Researcher in the University of Bristol's School of Biological Sciences, discovered several years ago [...]

Research at Carmabi highlighted in NATURE

Work on sponges on Curacaoan reefs by Jasper de Goeij, a Carmabi associate scientist, has been highlighted in NATURE, one of world's leading scientific journals. Below one finds the text of the article: How the sponge stays slim: One species' rapid cell shedding explains its huge carbon-catching capacity. Published online Nature doi:10.1038/news.2009.1088 By: Matt Kaplan Biologists have discovered how a reef-dwelling species of sponge can filter enormous amounts of carbon without growing in size.The sponge Halisarca caerulea can absorb up to two-thirds of [...]

New report on impacts of climate change on Caribbean nations and natural resources

A new report spearheaded by the CARIBSAVE project under UNDP funding highlights the impacts of climate change on Caribbean nations and natural resources. In particular, the report highlights the difference in the impacts at the 2.0°C increase being pushed by many UN negotiators vs. the 1.5°C increase promoted by the Alliance of Small Island States. The report focuses on: the implications of ice sheet melt for global sea level rise (SLR); the projections and implications of SLR for the [...]

Lionfish spread along Curacao’s SW shore

This map shows the distribution of lionfish that were either observed or captured along  the south-western shore of Curacao around November 2009 (the map below was later added to show the rapid spread of this fish once it established itself and shows the distriution of observed lionfish. at the beginning of 2010. Note that lionfish have spread outside the visualized area and that the second picture only aims to show the increase in lionfish sightings in this area).  Unconfirmed [...]

First lionfish captured Curacao

First lionfish captured Curacao First lionfish captured on Curacao October 27th 2009. Divers at Ocean Encounters West, a diveschool at the western tip of Curacao, found a lionfish  (see below) at Watamula a nearby divesite. The animal was captured later that day. Another one was supposedly observed  at East Point (which is the complete opposite side of the island) 2 weeks ago but  wasn't photographed or captured. Lionfish are considered a dangerous pest (invasive species) because they are not native to [...]