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Manatee Movements in Abaco and The Bahamas

Felice Knowles, researcher with the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization (BMMRO) spoke at the Abaco Science Alliance Conference on January 7 about the movement patterns of West Indian Manatees (Trichechus manatus) in The Bahamas.

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Abaco Bottlenose Dolphin Populations Declining

During the Friends of the Environment’s Abaco Science Alliance Conference on January 8, Diane Claridge of Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization (BMMRO) spoke of concerns of declining population numbers of the Atlantic Bottlenose Porpoise in the Abaco area.

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Mangrove Die-Off in the Marls Attributed to Several Factors

Ryann E. Rossi of North Carolina State University gave a presentation on, “A Closer Look at the Mangrove Die-Off in The Marls.” Rossi first defined what a mangrove is, and listed the benefits of mangroves in terms of being a nursery habitat for marine life, land accretion and carbon sequestration.

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Stingrays Important to Local Ecosystem

Speaking at the Friends of the Environment’s Abaco Science Alliance Conference on January 7, 2016, Owen O’Shea, associate research scientist at the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI), shared how the Shark Research and Conservation Program is trying to learn more concerning stingrays as so little research exists on them.

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Lionfish Threat to Environment Readdressed

Dr. Craig Layman’s presentation asked the question: “What if we are wrong about the lionfish invasion?” Looking at what an invasive species represents, Dr. Layman wanted to know if lionfish are truly causing severe harm to the marine environment because globally it is regarded as one of the most severe environmental threats in the Western Atlantic.

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Impacts of Colour on Longevity of Bahamian Mosquitofish

Sean T. Giery’s presentation on “The Evolutionary Ecology of Communication in Bahamian mosquitofish” led to a plethora of information on a little known fish in our waters. According to Giery, the Bahamian mosquitofish (Gambusia spp.) is only about an inch in length.

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Fish Nutrients Provide Ideal Environment for Coral Reef

“A Tale of Fish Pee: What We Know and Where We Are Going,” was the topic presented by Jake Allegeier. Allegeier is from the School of Aquatic and Fishery Science at the University of Washington.

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National Health Insurance Registration Continues at Abaco’s NIB Office

With an aim to provide overall improvement to the health care system and affordable health care in The Bahamas, the National Insurance Board (NIB) has begun registering persons for the National Health Insurance Plan initiated by the Government of The Bahamas.

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The Christmas Village Brings Elbow Cay Together for Community Center

Hope Town Association Fundraising Committee for charity of Elbow Cay ended 2015 with a bang. The St. James Community Center has gone from a theory to proof that all things are possible. Now onto its second phase, the St. James Community Center is backed by some of the hardest working individuals in Hope Town. The building is still under construction, however, the exterior is completed and now the works of the interior have begun. It all started with a funding-meter shaped like a coconut tree located by the Post Office lamp pole in Hope Town to start off the awareness of the funding for the Community Center. Then along came the idea of The Christmas Village by Monica Cook, Rudy Verspoor and the Hope Town Association Fundraising Committee.

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Road Traffic Dept. Out of License Plates; New System Coming Online

Abaco, along with other islands in The Bahamas, is experiencing a shortage on vehicle license plates at the Road Traffic Department which is preventing persons with new vehicles from being able to license them.

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