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  • Surviving the Storm September 30, 2022
    The effects of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease on TCI reefs. By Heidi Hertler, John Debuysser, Autumn Zwiernik, Katie Tanner, Alyssa Landi, Hayley Newman and Morgan Rose, The School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies, South Caicos Coral reefs are one of the most biologically diverse and ecologically productive ecosystems on the planet. They are aesthetically ...
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  • Farming Coral on Land September 30, 2022
    Gene bank pilot nursery started. By Don Stark and Alizee Zimmermann, Turks & Caicos Reef Fund Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) arrived in the Turks & Caicos Islands in 2019. This Caribbean and Tropical Atlantic-wide disease has devasted reefs throughout the region. It has affected over 30 species of stony corals — the big reef building ...
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  • Birds of the Sea June 24, 2022
    Endangered rays are a piece of TCI’s living history. By Sydney O’Brien, Waterfront Assistant, The School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies, South Caicos The waters of the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI) are picturesquely colored in different shades of blue, green, and turquoise. and abundantly filled with life. The whitespotted eagle ray, known by the ...
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  • Making Climate History June 24, 2022
    TCI hosts inaugural Climate Change Summit. By Amy Avenant, Environmental Outreach Coordinator, DECR and Oshin Whyte, Executive Officer and Environment Policy Lead, Governor’s Office Climate Change. These two words have gained traction in popular consciousness since the release of the first Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report released in 1988. The IPCC is currently in its Sixth ...
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  • Helping the Humpback March 29, 2022
    Protecting one of the Islands’ biggest natural wonders. By Katharine Hart and Cathy Bacon, Turks & Caicos Islands Whale Project Photos By Katharine Hart, Deep Blue Charters Each winter, hundreds of North Atlantic Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) travel thousands of kilometers from their summer feeding grounds in colder waters to the turquoise shallows surrounding the Turks & Caicos ...
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  • Flamingo Flamboyance March 26, 2022
    The relationship between the salt industry and the American flamingo. By Skylar Wuelfing, Waterfront Assistant, The School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies Looking out across the salt flats of the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI), one can often spot a flamboyance (or large group) of brightly colored birds known as American flamingoes (Phoenicopterus ruber). These ...
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  • TCI Coastal Culture Values January 4, 2022
    Culture. What is it? And why should we care? By Oshin Whyte If you had told me a year ago that I would be moving back home to the Turks & Caicos Islands (after living in England for six years) to study culture, I would most likely think that you are having a laugh. My earliest memory ...
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  • Food for Thought . . . Not Iguanas January 3, 2022
    How does tourism impact the endemic TCI Rock Iguana? By Devyn Hannon, Jacqui Taff, Sedona Stone, Maddie Adkison, Lily Finn, Amber Johnson, Abbey Stewart, Luke Monteiro, Kerry Bresnahan and Morgan Karns, The School for Field Studies Edited by Julia Locke, Waterfront Assistant, The School for Field Studies Hiking in the Turks & Caicos Islands: bright sunshine, stunning ocean ...
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  • If Rocks Could Talk . . . September 11, 2021
    Their story would be fascinating. By Carmen Hoyt, Waterfront Assistant, The School for Field Studies After how many birthdays do you stop keeping track? If it’s any consolation, the Earth is 4.54 billion years old and still going strong. 4.54 billion years . . . think about it. A billion is difficult to grasp, not to mention four ...
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  • Here with a Roar! September 11, 2021
    A tenacious invader now calls the Turks & Caicos home. By Ben Farmer, Waterfront Assistant, The School for Field Studies I was on a drift-dive in southern Florida when I speared my first lionfish. There, I began to understand the difficulty of controlling this species which is invasive to the tropical Atlantic and devastates reef fish populations. ...
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  • Sponging It Up June 22, 2021
    The hidden beauty of sponges. Story & Photos By Melissa Heres, Waterfront Assistant, The School for Field Studies Sponges, in my humble opinion, are likely the most underrated of all marine organisms. Often underappreciated and tossed aside as a bathing accessory or the feature of children’s TV shows, sponges don’t necessarily come to mind when one thinks ...
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  • A New Hope? June 22, 2021
    TCRF tests alternate, non-antibiotic treatment against SCTLD. Story & Photos By Alizee Zimmermann, Turks & Caicos Reef Fund From wreaking havoc on the Florida Reef Tract to now threatening the stony coral population of reefs in 17 countries and territories, Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) is proving itself to be the most aggressive, virulent and indiscriminate ...
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  • Sunsets and Island Time March 23, 2021
    A perfect pairing. Story & Photos By Ben Farmer, Waterfront Assistant, The School for Field Studies “Is it pretty tonight—the sunset?” “I’ve never seen a bad one.” This is a dialogue between two characters in Carl Hiaasen’s novel Skinny Dip. One character, Joey, is temporarily blind after a harrowing experience at sea, and Stranahan is describing the evening Florida ...
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  • The Green Invader March 23, 2021
    New reporting hotline for green iguana sightings. By B Naqqi Manco, Acting Assistant Director of Environmental Research & Development, DECR Our very special endemic Turks & Caicos rock iguanas Cyclura carinata was recently down-listed on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) category from Critically Endangered to Endangered. This is due largely to decades of ...
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  • One Small Splash for Man January 2, 2021
    SCUBA diving revolutionized ocean exploration for all. By Carmen Hoyt, The School for Field Studies Late one summer night, nearly 51 years ago, half a billion people watched in anticipation as Neil Armstrong was the first human to step onto the moon. An event embodied by the phrase “One small step for a man, one giant leap ...
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