BioNews 18 – September 2015

BioNews 18 front coverBioNews 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.

We are proud to announce that, Dutch State Secretary Sharon Dijksma declared the establishment of the ‘Yarari Marine Mammal and Shark Sanctuary’ in the waters around Bonaire and Saba at the beginning of September. We all hope that other islands will quickly follow suit.

Articles this month focus attention on new surveys of Saba’s national bird, the elusive Audubon’s Shearwater as well as the challenges of combating invasion by alien invasive species. A report on the results of a recent visual survey of coral reef fish infected with dermal parasites completes our science reporting for this month.

Finally you will find a short article on the exciting developments at the 8th SPAW COP8 at which two new Dutch Caribbean protected areas were added to the SPAW protected areas list and ten species were added to the Annexes.

We would like to thank our partners, conservationists and scientists for their invaluable input and support. We hope you will enjoy reading BioNews!

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