BioNews 19 – October 2015

BioNews is a monthly newsletter by the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA), focusing on the biodiversity research and monitoring in the Dutch Caribbean. BioNews presents you with an overview of the on-going research and monitoring efforts and provides a regular update on what’s currently happening on our islands.

This month’s issue takes a closer look at the spatial behavior of sharks around the islands of Saba and St. Eustatius as well as the Saba Bank. A report on the results of a recent study on Bonaire looks at the fish community structure at different habitats ranging from from open water through seagrass and algal beds, mangrove fringes to mangrove pools and backwaters.

Finally you will find an article on a new initiative in the Dutch Caribbean: The organization of a marine expedition to St. Eustatius hosted by the Caribbean Netherlands Science institute. A team of international researchers, students and citizen scientists has discovered a number of species which are believed to be new to science.

We would like to thank our partners, conservationists and scientists for their invaluable input and support. We hope you will enjoy reading BioNews!


  • Shark tracking on Saba
  • Mangroves and seagrass beds as fish nurseries
  • Statia Marine Expedition
  • Overview of Research and Monitoring
  • Calendar of Upcoming Events, Meetings and Workshops

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