BioNews 27- August 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 are proud to announce our upcoming shark research expedition to the Saba Bank, which will take place in October. This expedition is part of DCNA’s ‘Save Our Sharks’ project, which is generously sponsored by the Dutch Postcode Lottery. Read about this exciting research expedition and keep an eye on the coming issues for the results.

Also highlighted in this issue are the harmful effects of chemicals in sunscreen products on our coral reefs. The latest scientific findings by Dr. Downs are alarming and have prompted a new project recently launched in the Dutch Caribbean.

The third article highlights the Coral Reef mapping work on Bonaire which has been undertaken by Wageningen University. High tech methods were used to collect and analyze data on coral cover to update an underwater atlas, first developed in 1985 by Dr Fleur van Duyl. Maps of this kind are valuable both to understand biological processes and to make management decisions.

Aside from marine related studies we also present an article on a new bird species checklist recently released by Aruba Birdlife Conservation. This updated list includes 18 new bird observations, bringing the total number of bird species on Aruba to 254!

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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