The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), through its Regional Lionfish Committee, is urging Caribbean countries to adopt a regional roadmap to control the invasive lionfish.
Regional Lionfish Committee co-chair and lead author Ricardo Gomez Lozano said a Regional Strategy for the
Control of Invasive Lionfish in the Wider Caribbean had been developed to help control the introduced reef pest.
“The strategy outlines specific actions and encourages transnational collaboration because we believe that by
pooling efforts and resources, lionfish control efforts by Caribbean countries can be more efficient,” Mr Gomez
“We urge decision-makers, but also marine managers, researchers, fishers, divers and educators to use this
Regional Strategy as a guide to develop national strategies and local management plans. We all have a role to
play in ensuring that local and regional action to control lionfish makes a real difference to our reef ecosystems”.
James Morris, ecologist for NOAA (USA) and co-author of the strategy, said lionfish, while native to Indo-Pacific
coral reef ecosystems, were an introduced pest in the Caribbean. “They were never in the Caribbean but are now
widespread across the region and represent a serious threat because they cause extreme disruption to native fish
communities, reduce reef biodiversity and hinder stock-rebuilding efforts for commercially important fish species”.
Belize Fisheries Administrator and ICRI Co-chair Beverly Wade said the Strategy would complement the lionfish
guide previously released by the Regional Lionfish Committee. “Everyone has limited resources, but given the urgency for action and the seriousness of the threat it represents – not only to the integrity of the reef food web but also to important industries such as fisheries and tourism – we can’t afford to get it wrong.
This new strategy will hopefully help direct resources where they are most needed”, said Ms Wade. The Strategy will be distributed in three languages throughout the Caribbean. It will be available from the ICRI website at [insert URL]. The International Coral Reef Initiative is a Partnership among governments, international organisations and nongovernment organisations, which strives to raise awareness at all levels on the plight of coral reefs around the world.
Media contact: Ricardo Gomez Lozano [email@example.com]
Reef Relief is having a blast with the Sigsbee 7th graders! We have leaned about coral reefs and how to use observations in field work. We are headed to the Marine Park tomorrow for the first time to make observations and survey the area. Can’t wait to get in the water!
Science Daily. Oct. 9, 2013 — The seesaw variability of global temperatures often engenders debate over how seriously we should take climate change. But within 35 years, even the lowest monthly dips in temperatures will be hotter than we've experienced in the past 150 years, according to a new and massive analysis of all climate models. The tropics will be the first to exceed the limits of historical extremes and experience an unabated heat wave that threatens biodiversity and heavily populated countries with the fewest resources to adapt.
Ecological and societal disruptions by modern climate change are critically determined by the time frame over which climates shift. Camilo Mora and colleagues in the College of Social Sciences' Department of Geography at the University of Hawaii, Manoa have developed one such time frame. The study, entitled "The projected timing of climate departure from recent variability," will be published in the October 10 issue of Nature and provides an index of the year when the mean climate of any given location on Earth will shift continuously outside the most extreme records experienced in the past 150 years.
The new index shows a surprising result. Areas in the tropics are projected to experience unprecedented climates first — within the next decade. Under a business-as-usual scenario, the index shows the average location on Earth will experience a radically different climate by 2047. Under an alternate scenario with greenhouse gas emissions stabilization, the global mean climate departure will be 2069. Read more
The mystery of how coral reefs thrive in "ocean deserts" has been solved, scientists say.
Reefs are among Earth's most vibrant ecosystems, yet they flourish in waters lacking nutrients – a phenomenon known as Darwin's Paradox.
A team found that sponges keep the reef alive – by recycling vast amounts of organic matter to feed snails, crabs and other creatures.
Writing in Science, they hope their findings will aid conservation.
Sponges recycle nearly ten times as much matter as bacteria, and produce as much nutrition as all the corals and algae in a reef combined, the scientists calculate.
They are the "unsung heroes" of the reef community, said lead author Jasper de Goeij, an aquatic ecologist at the University of Amsterdam.
"Up until now no-one has really paid sponges much attention. They look nice, but everybody was more interested in corals and fish," he told BBC News. Read more
Had a great time at Poinciana today learning about ocean acidification with the wonderful 3rd graders of Key West!
|The U.S. Marine Corps has found a rich and beautiful island, falsely called it "desolate and uninhabitable" (despite the fact that many species live there, including homo sapiens), and proposed to make it a live-fire bombing range.||
Helen Jaccard and David Swanson: Vieques 10 Years After
The island of Vieques was nearly destroyed this way. Let's not let that happen to Pagan Island.
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Whales, dolphins, seals and sea lions got a good break this week when a judge told a federal wildlife agency it's not doing enough to protect them from Navy war exercises along the West Coast.
That means the National Marine Fisheries Service will have to go back and reassess the permits it approved for Navy to make sure they comply with protective measures spelled out in the Endangered Species Act.
Here's hoping this ruling finally begins turning corner on a rarely discussed price that wildlife pays when the military conducts war games in the same waters where these marine mammals live.
The Navy uses a vast area of the West Coast, stretching from Northern California to the Canadian border, for training. Activities include anti-submarine warfare exercises involving tracking aircraft and sonar, surface-to-air gunnery and missile exercises, air-to-surface bombing exercises, and extensive testing for several new weapons systems.
One of the biggest problems is noise, because these war games include underwater detonations, sinking of ships, gunnery exercises and active sonar.
The Navy sonar systems, for example, work like acoustic floodlights, sending out sound waves through ocean waters for tens or even hundreds of miles to find large objects in their path. But they are unbelievably loud: even one low-frequency sonar loudspeaker can be as loud as a twin-engine fighter jet at takeoff. Read more
"For each fish that survives, 90 are flushed down the toilet."
October 2013. Though Finding Nemo introduced millions of viewers to the beauty of saltwater fish, Nemo and most of his friends may literally end up down the drain.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines) estimates that as many as 98 out of 100 wild-caught saltwater fish die within one year.
80% or marine fish die before they are sold
Due to the volatility of current capture, transport and shipping practices, about 80% of all marine fish die even before they are sold. Even more shocking is the fact that as much as 90% of those that are sold die within the first year. Only the hardiest – clownfish, damselfish, wrasses, gobies and blennies – or those lucky enough to be bought by elite hobbyists, survive.
Trade in Living Jewels
There are three basic types of fish – saltwater fish from the sea, freshwater fish from rivers or lakes, and brackish water fish from zones where fresh and saltwater mix. Because of the volatile nature of rivers, most fresh and brackish water fish have learned to adapt to dramatic fluctuations in water quality. Read more
This week Reef Relief visted the the Key Largo 4th graders and and the HOB 4th and 5th grade science classes. We performed an ocean acidification experiment and discussed ways we can make a change and reduce fossil fuel use.
ST. JOHNS PERMITTING
The St. Johns River Water Management District hosts a webinar on Wednesday to provide information about the changes to the Environmental Resource Permitting Program that take effect Tuesday as part of the statewide permitting process. The webinar will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A link to registration can be found here. For more information, contact Cammie Dewey at (407) 659-4839 or firstname.lastname@example.org.