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12,000 Acres Ready to Lease on Abaco for Agriculture

A number of leases for acres of land designated for agricultural use in Abaco and several family islands were signed by the Ministry of Agriculture & Marine Resources on Friday, January 15, 2016 as they work toward the goal of Improving food security in The Bahamas.

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Abaco to Get New Weather Radar

Hoping to strengthen the country's weather tracking services, Department of Meteorology Director Trevor Basden said the government is planning to purchase at least three additional "state of the art" Doppler weather radars for approximately $18 million with one to be placed in Abaco.

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Queen Conch Assessment Concerning

At the Friends of the Environment’s Abaco Science Alliance Conference, Candice Brittain, researcher at the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI), spoke on a surprising find regarding juvenile conch in the Schooner Cays area off South Eleuthera; still concerns about population numbers exist.

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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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