REVIEW Marine Surveys To Come
The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) in collaboration with the Perry Institute for Marine Science (PIMS) have been surveying the coral reefs at 70 different sites around Grand Bahama and Abaco as recently as April and June of this year. This provides very recent data for comparison. BNT and PIMS are planning to revisit and survey the 70 sites, as soon as, the third week of October. The Survey team will travel on a live-a-board for at least two (2) weeks. PIMS and BNT also have a number of coral nurseries within the national parks around Grand Bahama and Abaco to check on and utilize for growing corals for restoration.
Coral nurseries will need to be rebuilt. Any coral fragments found can be placed in the nurseries to grow while the team conducts post hurricane surveys at the previously surveyed sites. The teams will revisit the same sites every three (3) months to get a good understanding of the rates of recovery from a Category 5 storm..The team will produce a report on where reefs are recommended for restoration and corals will be planted at those sites.