REVIEW Marine Surveys To Come

REVIEW Marine Surveys To Come

An event like Hurricane Dorian presents an excellent opportunity to truly study the impacts and potential for recovery after such extreme events.
Surveys are being conducted in three main phases. Once this is done, the information will include follow-up assessments, evaluation of restoration activities, reporting of additional restoration activities and their execution and collecting media to be compiled, edited and published.

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.

BNT and PIMS have also been surveying the East Grand Bahama creeks and sand banks extensively as recently as July this year. The purpose was to document  the conch populations and habitat of the area.. The team would like to return to these sites to determine how the storm impacted conch and the related habitats.
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