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TROPICAL MARINE ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION                                             September 2017

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The Fall 2017 class of CIEE Bonaire has started off running attaining their Rescue and AAUS scientific diver certifications as well as receiving training in a plethora of other research protocols. Dives for coral spawning and fluorescence as well as an exploration snorkel through the mangroves have sparked discussion on the importance and vulnerability of these important events and locations.  As their independent research begins in earnest we at CIEE are excited to see what this motivated and talented group of students will discover!

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Learning the ropes

AGRRA or Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment is a vital tool used since 1997 to track reef health across the Caribbean and other regions. This methodology encompasses three main branches; benthos, coral and fish and provides a baseline with which to study and subsequently compare reef health across multiple regions and reefs. The benthos survey uses point count, quadrat, …

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Certification CIEE Style

Lightning struck. Thunder crackled. A voice boomed, “Who Goes There!”. Six confused CIEE students entered what was once known as the classroom and now displayed the throne room of Poseidon, God of the Sea. Thus began the ceremony during which the students received their AAUS Scientific Diver Certifications. Since the end of August, the divers have been receiving extensive training …

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Trip to the Mangroves!

Last week, our Coral Reef Ecology class visited the Bonaire Mangroves Center in Lac Bay. Our guide taught us about the basics of mangrove identification, as well as the positive effects mangroves have for both humans and the environment. After this brief lecture in the center, we headed out in our kayaks. Red mangroves pressed in on both sides, enclosing …

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Wonders of the Reef: Coral Spawning

In Response to the Wonder that is Coral Spawning On the 11th and 12th nights of September, the CIEE team and I were fortunate enough to experience the spectacular phenomenon of coral spawning. Around 6:30 each night we splashed at Cliff diving site in Kralendijk Bonaire, and then again around 10:00 pm. As the sun went down and the coral …

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