Author Archives: David Patriquin

CERMES: Sargassum outlook moderate 1 June – 1 September 2024

“Middle islands: Moderate influxes are expected to continue during June with a reduction in July and August.” That is a bit of a downgrade from the previous forecast.

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New initiative to preserve and protect island’s coral reefs 6Jun2024

The Folkestone Park and Marine Reserve hosted an Open Day Wednesday, June 5, in celebration of World Environment Day and Oceans Day. View YouTube Video: Push to preserve and protect island’s coral reefs in which Acting Manager of Folkestone Marine … Continue reading

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Recent AGRRA Webinars examine Coral Bleaching, Invasive Soft Coral, Restoration Efforts, Acropora Heat Mortality 6Jun2024

The Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGRRA) website at www.agrra.org offers a large suite of educational materials and regional databases/interactive maps related to coral reefs in the Caribbean. A few of the resources are highlighted below. Cited as New … Continue reading

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CERMES: Sargassum outlook severe 29Apr to 30Jul2024

“Middle islands: Moderate to severe influxes are expected over the next 2 months with severe accumulations in July.” Read more in the Sargassum Sub-regional Outlook Bulletin by the Sargassum Team at The Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) … Continue reading

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“TRADEWINDS: Canadian Navy goes underwater in reef research dive” – Barbados Today 12May2024

An article in Barbados Today highlights “a joint exercise between the non-profit Coral Reef Restoration Alliance (CORALL) Barbados and the Canadian Armed Forces” to map coral reefs on the West Coast of Barbabdos. Dr Elon Cadogan is the scientific leader … Continue reading

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AGRRA on New Caribbean Coral Restoration Efforts 3May2024

“New Caribbean Coral Restoration Efforts” was the subject of the Caribbean Cooperation Team Network Meeting on April 8, 2024. A webinar recording of the full proceedings is now available, courtesy of AGRRA (Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment). From a … Continue reading

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“Corals in danger, coastal protection chief warns” – Barbados Today 17Apr2024

“Barbados’ coral reefs are in serious trouble, even as officials try to restore their health and protect them from a deadly heat wave that has decimated them worldwide. “Director of the Coastal Zone Management Unit (CZMU) Leo Brewster said his … Continue reading

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Brain corals at Bath on Barbados east coast appear free of disease 31Mar2024

With the collaboration of Dr. Elon Cadogan of CORALL Barbados, on Mar 28, 2024, I made a brief visit to Bath around the Low Tide when wave action is minimal and underwater visibility highest. One objective I had was  to … Continue reading

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Healthy Pillar Coral colony on Vauxhall Reef 23Mar2024

It’s a rare day when I spend time at Vauxhall Reef and don’t find “something new” or get an especially good photo of a species I have been chasing for a while. Today’s (Mar 22, 2024) find was an entirely … Continue reading

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First diseased P.clivosa  on Reef Flat at Vauxhall observed 10Mar2024

Large mounds of Pseudodiploria clivosa are common on the Reef Flat and Diploria-Palytoa zones at Vauxhall and can assume some quite striking, even majestic, forms. I had not seen diseased Pseudodiploria clivosa amongst these big specimens  at Vauxhall until I … Continue reading

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