2013 in numbers: The Caribbean & Bermuda


Image: The SVII passes over the reef on another survey run in the Caribbean Sea

 

2013 has been an incredibly exciting year for the project. The year marked the start of the global rollout of our coral reef surveys, in 2013 we focused on researching, recording and revealing the coral reefs of the Caribbean and Bermuda regions.

Our team of marine biologists, communications experts and logistics specialists are now finally heading home, bringing with them with around 700kg’s of survey equipment and a huge amount of data that will help scientists and marine park managers better understand our coral reefs.

 

A few numbers that have been achieved during our Caribbean campaign:

 

-  220 survey transects were completed 

-  376km of reef has been recorded and archived for further scientific analysis

-  13 countries have been surveyed:

Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba, Mexico, Belize, Bermuda, St Vincent and the Grenadines, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands, Guadeloupe, St Eustatius, Anguilla & St Martin and Sint Maartin.

 

-  The team has engaged with 16 local Institutions who provided valuable support for our field operations and science:

Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI), Stichting Nationale Parken (STINAPA) Bonaire, Stichting Nationale Parken (STINAPA) St Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean Natural Alliance, St. Maartin Natural Alliance, The Department of Fisheries and Resource Management, Reserve Naturalle de Saint Martin, Guadeloupe Parks, University of French West Indies and Guiana, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, School of Field Studies (Turks & Caicos), Healthy Reef Initiative, Comision Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas, Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, Comission Nacional para la Biodiversidad.

 

-  Invited to speak at 7 scientific seminars about the project, hosted by the following organisations:

International Coral Reef Initiative, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, Instituto de Zoologia y Ecologia Tropical, The Department of Fisheries and Resource Management, School of Field Studies, Healthy Reef Initiative, Comision Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas.

 

A great result following a long campaign period in the North Atlantic. We look forward to being able to work with more great partners and scientific institutions in 2014 when we move our focus to the Coral Triangle. 

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