Entries by david.shiffman

Shark Tagging with St. Thomas Aquinas High School

by Michelle Martinek, RJD Intern   This most recent trip on Captain Curt’s trusty vessel is likely one that the RJ Dunlap team and guests will not soon forget. What started as a bleary eyed, early morning trip to the keys turned into quite the adventure courtesy of our unpredictable friend Mother Nature. In the […]

Finding “The Lost Year” Sea Turtles: The potential threats and conservation implications

by Ashley Hill, Marine conservation student Open ocean habitats are innately difficult to access. As a result, the majority of research on sea turtles is restricted to beach and coastal areas. However, there is a time span of several years from when hatchlings venture offshore to when the larger, juvenile turtles return to coastal waters. […]

Treatment of Invasive Aquatic Species Found in Ballast Water

By Abbigail Rigdon, Marine conservation student As the world becomes more globalized, countries that at one time seemed distant are now easily traveled and easily contacted. Such contact does not exist only between humans, but between other species as well. Sometimes, however, these species can be detrimental to their new environment. Foreign species may be […]

Sea Ranching: More Economically Feasible then Other Harvesting Techniques?

By Samantha Feingold, Marine conservation student In Need of Protein!             Fifty or sixty years ago, fishermen’s catches were much more diverse and productive. Routinely fishermen returned to their slips to show off several tuna and grouper, sizing longer then the workers were tall. Looking back at old photographs of a daily catch, one would […]

Development of Mangrove Islands within the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System

By Christine Borski, Marine conservation student The Belize barrier reef and the adjacent submarine shelf make up the world’s second largest reef system and the largest in the northern hemisphere.  The Pelican Cayes group (Figure 1) is part of the South Water Caye Marine Reserve (SWCMR), an 117,878 acre marine protected area (MPA) and one […]

Blue Whiting: A New Approach to Management

by Zack Good, Marine conservation student, RJD Intern The blue whiting (Micromesistius poutassu) is a medium-sized fish distributed throughout the northeastern Atlantic Ocean (Figure 1).  It feeds mostly on zooplankton and smaller fish and also serves as prey for larger fish.  As far as humans are concerned, it is a significant source of both income […]

Sea Otters: A Dwindling Species that Helps to Diminish Our Carbon Footprint

By Alex Babcock, Marine conservation student Sea otters are recognized most for their cute appearance and adorable behaviors; however, this species also serves very important roles in its’ ecosystem. A new study, published in this month’s issue of Frontiers in Ecology and Environment, posits the importance of sea otters and carbon sequestration (Wilmers et al. […]