BioNews 24 – April 2016

BioNews 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 marks a special day for conservation. Earth Day, which is celebrated worldwide through many campaigns and events that support environmental protection, is a day for us all to reflect on the accelerating demise of our natural world and what we can do to change this.

On our islands, many events focused on cleanup activities, such as STINAPA Bonaire’s coastal cleanup event and the Earth Day island-wide cleanup on Saba. Trash is a growing issue that puts at risk the health of our islands’ biodiversity. In this month’s edition of BioNews we present the results of the beach debris project on Aruba, which highlights the problem of marine debris on Aruba.

We then provide an overview of this year’s Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) Bio-physical training, which took place throughout the week of Earth Day at the Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory in Jamaica. Several representatives of the Caribbean Netherlands attended and learned how to develop more effective coral reef monitoring and data management, notably how to make reporting more standardized so as to enable the comparison of data with others within the Caribbean Region.
Carrying on from BioNews 23, we this time profile CARMABI Research Station’s directors and staff as well as research and projects underway. Some of the marine species discoveries at this research institute on Curaçao are also highlighted in this issue.

Last but not least, we put the spotlight on Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire’s latest scientific findings on post-breeding migration routes of marine turtles and their crowd-funding campaign which aims to raise money for several of the organization’s programs, including nest monitoring and advocacy.

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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