Caribbean
Caribbean
Fisheries

Research Study Says Regulatory Changes Needed to Ensure Sustainable Fishing of Queen Conch in The Bahamas

Queen conch, Lobatus gigas, is a marine snail with an iconic shell that serves as a culinary staple in The Bahamas. However, thousands of years of exploitation in the greater Caribbean region has had clear impacts on conch abundances.

Caribbean
Tourism

Why Rich Snowbirds Are Trading Vacation Homes for Luxury Resorts

When Upper East Siders Adelle and Robert Rathe boarded a flight to Saint Martin in mid-January, they left behind a typically cold New York day. By the time they return from their resort getaway in mid-April, the trees in Central Park will have started to bloom.

Caribbean
Engineering

Manzanilla's disappearing coastline

Over the last decade, fish­er­men and guest house own­ers in Man­zanil­la have looked on in awe as the wa­ters of the At­lantic Ocean claimed huge ar­eas of land along the coast­line.

Caribbean
Advocacy

Unfiltered: Building Resilience to Natural Disasters and Climate Change in Grenada and the Caribbean

February 13, 2019, International Monetary Fund - Opening Remarks of IMF Deputy Managing Director Tao Zhang: Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon! It is an honor for me to speak with you today on my first visit to Grenada. Before coming here, I had often heard Grenada being referred to as an “Isle of Spice.” This simple catch-phrase distinguished it from other Caribbean destinations.

Caribbean
Tourism

Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism to study negative effects of sargassum seaweed in Belize and Caribbean

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), which is based in Belize has started a study to determine the negative effects that sargassum seaweed has had on Belize and the greater Caribbean.

Caribbean
Federal

In Haiti, climate aid comes with strings attached

(THE CONVERSATION) Perhaps no people know better than Haitians just how dangerous, destructive and destabilizing climate change can be.

Caribbean
Engineering

Trinidad: Villagers fearful more houses will collapse into sea

(Trinidad Guardian) Al­most a year af­ter the sea swal­lowed three homes and a por­tion of the road near the coast in Ce­dros, vil­lagers are still fear­ful that more hous­es will col­lapse in­to the sea.

Caribbean
Fisheries

Fish farmers of the Caribbean - Wealth of potential for aquaculture in the Caribbean

There are only so many fish in the sea. And our appetite for seafood has already stressed many wild fisheries to the breaking point. Meanwhile, the planet's growing population will only further increase the need for animal protein, one of the most resource-intensive types of food to produce.

Caribbean
Tourism

2018 another dry year for Cayman

(CNS): Less than 44 inches of rain fell in the Cayman Islands in 2018, almost 13 inches below the 30-year average of 56.2 inches, the National Weather Service has revealed in its annual assessment of the islands’ rainfall.

Caribbean
Advocacy

Jamaica sanctuary fights to protect coral, fish and the livelihoods that depend on them

The White River Sanctuary in Jamaica strives to protect a delicate habitat from the threats of overfishing, pollution and climate change

Caribbean
Recreation

Meet Punta Borinquen, World's Newest Surf Reserve

Fine stretch of Puerto Rico surf protected from development - forever.

Caribbean
Tourism

Caymans: Speaker calls for 50-story buildings on Seven Mile Beach

Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush believes buildings of 50 stories and higher are the next step for Cayman’s tourism product. The former premier courted controversy in his annual New Year’s message, by suggesting the island should consider sanctioning skyscrapers on Seven Mile Beach.

Caribbean
Science

Sea grasses offer affordable beach protection services

Conservationists hope the research inspires governments to do more to protect sea grass beds and related habitats. Jan. 2 (UPI) -- New research suggests sea grasses can protect beaches at a discount. Beaches are beautiful. They're also a valuable commodity for many places, including the Caribbean, where island economies rely on tourist dollars. It makes sense to spend money to ensure the beaches don't go anywhere.

Caribbean
Tourism

Commentary: We do not have oil, gold, bauxite or gas but we have the best beach in the world

We do not have oil, gold, bauxite or gas but Grace Bay Beach on the Island of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) is considered to be the best beach in the world. Almost every year for the past couple of years, Grace Bay Beach was selected by guests, travel agents and international media outlets as the best Beach in the World. We cannot and should not take this lightly.

Caribbean
Tourism

West Bay begs bar owner not to dredge Barkers

(CNS): Emotions ran high at a public meeting in West Bay on Tuesday, when district residents met with the owner of Calico Jack’s beach bar and begged him to pull his application to dredge an area in Barkers that would remove more than four acres of turtle grass.

Caribbean
Science

Unexpected impact of hurricanes on Puerto Rico's watershed

Researchers have found unprecedentedly high levels of nitrate, an essential plant nutrient, in streams and watersheds of Puerto Rico for a year after two consecutive major hurricanes in 2017. This high amount of nitrate may have important climate change implications that could harm forest recovery and threaten ecosystems along Puerto Rico's coastline by escalating algal blooms and dead zones.

Caribbean
Science

Land-Based Commercial Coral Farm A Blessing For Grand Bahama, Says Group

SAVE the Bays environmental group believe the development of a land-based commercial coral farm in Freeport by the conservation group Coral Vita is a blessing for Grand Bahama.

Caribbean
Property

Mapping Puerto Rico's Hurricane Migration With Mobile Phone Data

Data from 500,000 smartphones reveals exactly where the island’s residents went after the storm, and when they came back.

Caribbean
Local

Chef José Andrés on How Food Helps People Rebuild

The celebrity chef and humanitarian talks about the role of food in recovering from a disaster and why building local capacity is so important.

Caribbean
Science

Marine biology brings US, Cuban researchers together

MIAMI — There are no borders that separate the water, reefs and marine life off the coasts of Cuba and Florida, and that’s why scientists in both countries say they need to get along and collaborate.

Caribbean
Science

The unique immunity in a common coral species could save coral reefs

Scientists have discovered that a common coral species can deal with the stresses of climate change, and could be key in restoring coral reefs.

Caribbean
Tourism

These 8 Caribbean Islands Hardest Hit by the 2017 Hurricanes Are Ready for Your Return

From Puerto Rico to the Virgin Islands, the islands hardest hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria are in full comeback mode and ready for a visit. Here’s what’s restored, what’s new, and where you should plan your next vacation.

Caribbean
Science

ROV Video: NOAA scientists call this a 'Psychedelic Medusa'

From October 30 - November 20, 2018, NOAA and its partners are conducting a telepresence-enabled ocean exploration expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information on unknown and poorly understood deepwater areas surrounding Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A NOAA ROV filmed a Rhopalonematid jelly hovering just above the seafloor.

Caribbean
Tourism

Caribbean swamped by seaweed that smells like rotten eggs

From Belize to Barbados, tourist beaches have been swamped by huge tides of foul-smelling sargassum – and climate change could make the problem worse

Caribbean
Engineering

Jacksonville District Preps San Juan Harbor Study for PED Phase; First Study Completed Under Corps’ New Accelerated Process

The project requires periodic maintenance dredging, and material is placed at the San Juan ODMDS, which is about one square mile. Maintenance dredging occurs about every five to seven years.

Coastwide
Federal

President Signs into Law America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018

President Donald J. Trump signed into law S. 3021, America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018

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