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  • Keeping an Eye on the Future January 21, 2020 Local students participate in coral reef monitoring program. Story & Photos By Karen R. Cangialosi, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Keene State College For the past four years, I have had the pleasure of tapping into what I consider the Turks & Caicos Islands’ most precious resource: the enthusiasm and imagination of its youth. Since 2008, my colleague ... Read more about this post
  • Onus or Bonus? December 3, 2019 Researchers assess the impact of sargassum seaweed in the TCI. By Kristy Lee and Sylvia Myers, MSc students, University of Greenwich; Debbie Bartlett, Ph.D., Faculty of Engineering and Science University of Greenwich; Franziska Elmer, Ph.D. Marine Ecology Lecturer, School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies From the UK, the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI) are something we ... Read more about this post
  • The Mighty Mangrove December 2, 2019 Are we doing enough to conserve them? By Ewa Krzyszczyk, School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies When you think of mangroves, do you imagine blue skies, crystal clear water, lush green forest, dragonflies silently gliding above, the songs of the mangrove cuckoos? No? You might want to honor them a visit. In her article, “The ... Read more about this post
  • All is Not Lost . . . Yet September 13, 2019 A chance to save the coral reefs of the Turks & Caicos Islands. By the Staff of the Turks & Caicos Reef Fund (TCRF) and the School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies (SFS CMRS) In the Summer 2019 issue of Times of the Islands, professors from the South Caicos School for Field Studies Center for ... Read more about this post
  • All is Not Well July 8, 2019 Tissue Loss Disease a threat to TCI reefs. Story and Photos By Erin Bowman and Heidi Hertler, Ph.D. In a time when climate change is wreaking havoc on coral reefs worldwide, the reefs of the Turks & Caicos Islands remain some of the most resilient and pristine in the Caribbean. They are home to more than 60 ... Read more about this post
  • Fingerprinting Whales July 8, 2019 Using whale sightings by citizen scientists in the Turks & Caicos Islands By Cathy E. Bacon M.Sc., Mithriel M. MacKay Ph.D., and Katharine Hart M.Sc. Photos By Katharine Hart, Deep Blue Charters, Grand Turk There are few places in the world like the Turks & Caicos Islands where humans can enter the water and photograph some of the ... Read more about this post
  • Land of the Giants March 11, 2019 Some of the world’s largest single-celled organisms come from TCI. Story & Photos By Franziska Elmer, Ph.D., School for Field Studies, Center for Marine Resource Studies The islands of Turks & Caicos are home to many astonishing flora and fauna. Today I would like to introduce four very special species of TCI algae to you: the sailor’s ... Read more about this post
  • Ban the Bag March 6, 2019 By Amy Avenant, DECR Environment Outreach Coordinator Single-use plastic shopping bags will soon be removed from supermarkets and shops across the TCI. The government-approved import ban will come into effect from January 1, 2019, with a ban on the use of single- use plastic bags by retailers to come into effect on May 1, 2019. There ... Read more about this post
  • Hope for TCI’s Future December 14, 2018 Climate change resilience and East Caicos coral reefs. By Kathleen Wood, Don Stark and Marsha Pardee In January 2017, the Turks & Caicos Reef Fund (TCRF), in association with SWA Environmental and Marine Environmental Services (MES), received a Swift Small Grant from the European Union’s BEST 2.0 Project. Entitled “East Caicos KBA’s Corals and Coasts: A Key ... Read more about this post
  • Keeping Turtles Out of Trouble September 13, 2018 Local watersports company hosts turtle tagging expeditions. Copy By Marine Conservations Society (www.mcsuk.org) Photo By Marta Morton The Turks & Caicos Islands Turtle Project is working for better management of the marine turtle populations found in the TCI. Through groundbreaking biological and social research, this collaborative project aims to involve the TCI Government and fishermen in the management ... Read more about this post
  • An Unexpected Landing September 13, 2018 Least bittern is a new bird record for TCI. By B Naqqi Manco, DECR Terrestrial Ecologist Islands are a challenge to reach for many animals, but not for most birds. While we have a known resident avifauna, we are also visited by both migrants, which visit seasonally, and vagrants, which visit occasionally. Sometimes birds are lost, or blown ... Read more about this post
  • Straws Suck! July 4, 2018 DECR hopes to keep the “NO STRAWS” campaign going year-round. By Amy Avenant, DECR Environment Outreach Coordinator The Department of Environment & Coastal Resources (DECR) has just wrapped up a successful “NO STRAW” campaign during the annual Greening TCI Month. But why attack the humble straw? Well, as it turns out, straws aren’t as innocent as they ... Read more about this post
  • Killing Them Softly July 4, 2018 The potential harm to coral reefs caused by sunscreen. By Don Stark, Chairman, Turks & Caicos Reef Fund and Autumn Blum, Chief Executive Officer, Stream2Sea Photo By Heidi Hertler Everyone knows that pollution—petroleum products, plastic, sewage, etc.—is harmful to coral reefs.Fewer people know that something we do every day (or should do) is also polluting lakes and oceans ... Read more about this post
  • Piping Plover Persevere April 4, 2018 How did the hurricanes affect shorebirds of conservation concern? By Eric F. Salamanca*, Elise Elliot-Smith**, Caleb Spiegel***, Jen Rock‡, Beth MacDonald, Kathleen McNary Wood‡‡‡, B Naqqi Manco*, Katharine Hart* and Nicole Caesar* *Department of Environment and Coastal Resources, Turks & Caicos Islands **US Geological Survey , ***US Fish and Wildlife Service, ‡Environment and Climate Change Canada, ‡‡SWA Environmental Photos By Dr. ... Read more about this post
  • Tracking Those Teens! April 4, 2018 Following sea turtle migration via satellite. By Katharine Hart and Dr. Peter Richardson They have it down to an art. One stands on the bow of the boat, the other is poised to kick the boat into gear. Both are scanning the crystal clear water for dark shadows that show any sign of movement. Someone shouts that ... Read more about this post

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