BioNews 13 – February 2014


BioNews-13-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.

This month’s issue profiles several scientific discoveries with new implications for conservation in the Dutch Caribbean. On St. Eustatius, the first evidence of a rat stealing a seabird egg from a nest was captured with the use of camera traps – a component of STENAPA’s Red-billed Tropicbird conservation work. On Curaçao, a research team from Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands carried out dedicated surveys on crabs, shrimps and molluscs living in association with corals and other invertebrate hosts. The study yields several new species records for Curaçao, new symbiotic associations and possibly even species new to science.

Caribbean-wide, lionfish removal efforts have been a major component of conservation action in regards to this invasive predator. New evidence suggests this could be a permanent, but successful solution in control- ling and limiting the impacts of the Lionfish. Additionally, the lionfish control website (www. lionfishcontrol.org), originally set up by STINAPA Bonaire and DCNA to support and monitor lionfish control efforts has been expanded to include Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten.

Content:

  • ‘Breaking News’: Rats confirmed stealing eggs on St. Eustatius!
  • New Biodiversity Records for Curaçao
  • Lionfish Control Efforts Show Success
  • Overview of Research and Monitoring Efforts
  • Calendar of Upcoming Events, Meetings and Workshops

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