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During a scientific expedition to the Caribbean island Bonaire, a team of scientists discovered a new host for the parasitic gall crab Opecarcinus hypostegus. The little crabs live inside holes in hard coral species, like the new..
Wageningen Marine Research and the Saba Bank Management Unit (SMBU) recently published an evaluation of the effectiveness of the seasonal fishing bans within Moonfish Bank based on the first five years of fish catch data. These..
Since 2011, noise loggers have been collecting acoustic data of marine mammals, fish and man-made noises within Saba Bank. This project, a collaborate effort between Wageningen Marine Research and the Saba Conservation Foundation,..
An aggressive wasp has attacked a baby bird in its nest and then ate its head. This special attack was captured on camera during a study by Wageningen University & Research in Brazil. The images show that the attack took more than..
Nature conservation can only be done effectively with enough knowledge about nature. In the Netherlands we know a lot about which species occur where and how they are doing. Freshwater ecosystems are biodiverse but receive..
Soil stripping is not a suitable measure to address negative effects of a high nitrogen deposition in dry heathlands. In cases where measures fail, efforts to reduce nitrogen deposition must be pursued much more vigorously. An..
Diadema sea-urchins play a vital role in maintaining a balanced coral reef ecosystem by grazing away algae and creating bare substrate for coral recruitment. The RAAK PRO Diadema project aims to develop interventions to improve..
Pteropods, abundant aragonitic calcifying plankton, are the equivalent of 'canaries in the coal mine' for our acidifying oceans. Researchers have shown that two major groups of pteropods have Cretaceous origins and hence, must..
The first record of the Gold-fringed Pygmy in Germany prompted a review of this elusive species in Europe. More than half of the known specimens originate from just two countries: 17 from England and 11 from the Netherlands. Is..
Plans for a cutting edge, underwater research station ‘PROTEUS™’ have recently been released. The modular design, inspired by coral polyps, will allow scientists to live and conduct research directly from the ocean floor off the..