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Reefs Go Live 2021 launches with special Quiet Oceans event

Caribbean DTA Team

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The Central Caribbean Marine Institute are launching their Reefs Go Live 2021 series with two special events discussing how the COVID19 pandemic has affected the reefs of the Cayman Islands.

The oceans have been quiet in the Cayman Islands, due to the border closures resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley and the CCMI team have been studying how the quiet oceans have impacted fish populations, creating important insight into how we can manage coral ecosystem health.

Join the CCMI team to learn more at these two online events:

Quiet Oceans Reef Lecture and Webinar

Thursday 25th March, 12pm – 1pm (EST)

National Gallery of the Cayman Islands

Register for online webinar or get tickets by clicking here.

Reefs Go Live

Friday 26th March, 10am (EST)

Register here

For details on future Reef Go Lives events and to learn more about the work of the CCMI visit their website by clicking here.

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Curaçao Dive Site of the Month – Smokeys (Watch Video)

Bryan Horne

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New Video Release: Smokeys near Eastpoint Curaçao.

Learn about https://bit.ly/Smokeys-Dive-Site-Curacao – a Top 10 Dive Site in Curacao located near Eastpoint and arguably one of the best dive sites in the Caribbean. 

It rivals the finest dive sites in Belize, Bonaire and the Cayman Islands.

Video produced and edited for Dive Curacao, by NaturePicsFilms.

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Coral Spawning Predictions for Curacao and the Southern Caribbean

Bryan Horne

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The Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) has released its 2022 annual coral spawning prediction calendar for Curacao and the south Caribbean.  This calendar plays a central role in studying the reproductive biology of Caribbean corals and guiding coral restoration efforts for the southern Dutch Caribbean islands.

Based on these predictions, researchers are able to harvest coral gametes that are reared to larvae that can be used to cultivate future coral colonies.

Coral spawning is a miraculous event where entire coral colonies, prompted by the lunar cycle, sunset time and water temperature, release gametes (eggs and sperm) simultaneously. Gametes of one species fertilize another to become fertilized embryos that settle on the ocean floor after days to weeks.

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As divers, being able to witness a spawning event is a unique opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking scene as the entire reef becomes engulfed in a blizzard of future corals.

Each year, the Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) releases a calendar to predict when each species of coral is expected to spawn. During these events, researchers from CARMABI, in collaboration with Reef Renewal Bonaire and Reef Renewal Curaçao, also collect gametes to be used to grow new corals in a laboratory setting.

Photo credit = CARMABI

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