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green iguana (bijgesneden)

Florida is a hotspot for non-native species including many reptiles, which are spreading unchecked to the Caribbean. The Peters’s rock agama, a lizard native to sub-Saharan Africa, is among the latest species to spread from..

Continue reading 13 June 2023   3 mnd oud

Many divers have promoted feeding the lionfish to eels and sharks in the Dutch Caribbean as a way to entice these species to start hunting for these invasive fish independently.  Unfortunately, training these predatory fish to..

Continue reading 09 June 2023   3 mnd oud

In recent years, the fishing industry has been working with scientists to investigate the sustainable catching of Spisula subtruncata, a North Sea shellfish. Bird conservationists also participated, working together to gain more..

Continue reading 08 June 2023   3 mnd oud
Hammerhead shark

Hammerhead sharks play an important role in maintaining healthy oceans, which is important for the fisheries and the economy of the Caribbean islands. Later this year, the Dutch and French governments will officially propose that..

Continue reading 31 May 2023   4 mnd oud

Recently, 'Turning the Tide' started, a large nature restoration project for the mangrove forests and coral reefs in Aruba. It is a collaboration between Wageningen University & Research and the Aruban partners NGO Fundacion Parke..

Continue reading 26 May 2023   4 mnd oud
sharpnose pufferfish

Over the past few weeks, Bonaire and Curacao have witnessed a large number of sharp-nose puffers washing ashore. Interestingly, this die off seems to mirror a 2017 event of the same species near Costa Rica. This die off is not..

Continue reading 21 May 2023   4 mnd oud
Neem Tree

The neem tree is an invasive species that was introduced to the Caribbean in the early 1900s. Originally from India, this tree was brought over for its medicinal, pesticidal and ornamental properties. Locals soon realized this..

Continue reading 13 May 2023   4 mnd oud
green iguana (bijgesneden)

The status of a single species in the Dutch Caribbean can vary significantly among the islands. For example, the Green Iguana, which is native to some islands, is regarded as invasive in others. The presence of non-native iguanas..

Continue reading 09 May 2023   4 mnd oud
Microben in de bodem

Microbes can eat 'junk food' and grow fat, just like humans. New research led by NIOO's Kyle Mason Jones suggests this even happens when you might not expect it. "Soil micro-organisms apparently use resources in a much more..

Continue reading 04 May 2023   4 mnd oud
Giant manta ray

Manta rays are highly charismatic creatures that inhabit the waters of the Dutch Caribbean. In addition to being a highly prized find for divers and snorkelers, they are also important for healthy oceans as they can help control..

Continue reading 29 April 2023   5 mnd oud