BioNews 25 – May 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.

We have much to report on in this month’s edition of BioNews, from bird and shark monitoring activities to a look at the effect of lionfish culling on local reef fish populations. Protected area management organizations and conservation organizations on our islands never stop working to protect the region’s spectacular biodiversity, and we never get tired of sharing their projects and accomplishments.

Lionfish have become a key concern for marine park managers since they first reached Bonaire in 2009, and we here examine the efficiency of current culling activities in controlling lionfish populations within our waters as well as in other parts of the Caribbean region. All Dutch Caribbean islands have bird monitoring projects. In this issue we bring you an update on Curaçao where the island’s most important aquatic areas are being monitored to help understand their importance for migrating and resident waterbirds.

DCNA’s Save our Sharks campaign launched last year and has really helped focus conservation activities on local shark populations, and we here provide you with both an update on shark sightings around the SSS islands as well as the upcoming Shark Week. We leave you with a report of the 68th annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI) meeting in Panama last November, which was attended by a Dutch Caribbean Delegation.

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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