BioNews 12 – January 2014

BioNews-January-2014-screenshotBioNews is a monthly newsletter by the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA), focusing on the biodiversity research and monitoring in the Dutch Caribbean. BioNews presents you with an overview of the on-going research and monitoring efforts and provides a regular update on what’s currently happening on our islands.

Very exciting news this month from St. Eustatius where the ongoing study of the island’s flora led to the discovery of a plant species new to science. On St. Maarten, the survey team of Catlin Seaview Survey visited the island to end their ‘Caribbean year’ in which they recorded the status of the coral reefs with an innovative technique: high-resolution, 360-degree panoramic underwater cameras.

On land on St. Maarten, the mangrove reforestation project, which aims to mitigate construction impacts of the Simpson Bay Lagoon Causeway, proved successful. The 8,000 juvenile mangroves trees that had been relocated to other areas of the bay and around the island are now thriving.

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