Showing posts from April, 2010

Fish Mortality Event

Porgy (12" length)

Hogfish (18" length)

Noticed a small fish "die-off" or mortality event on Sunday at Salt Kettle in Hamilton Harbour. Have heard others were seen at Baileys Bay and Dockyard.

Will post the contact should you see several dead fish shortly.

Cool winters could trigger bigger jelly fish blooms in summer

A large moon jelly (Aurelia aurita) [(c) 2006 T. Murdoch]

Research at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, my alma mater, indicates that jellyfish produce more young jellyfish during colder winters, and that this causes larger blooms of adult jellyfish in the summer. Bermuda had a particularly cold winter (NOAA water temperature graph), and perhaps this means Bermuda will have a particularly dense accumulation of moon jellies this summer.

You can read the article here - link

Bermuda Marine Resources Strategy 2010

Here is a link to "A Strategy for the Sustainable Use of Bermuda's Living Marine Resources" [pdf]

Department of Environmental Protection

Ministry of Environment and Sport

Bermuda Government

BREAM - FY2009 Research Summary

Chief Scientist: Thaddeus J. T. Murdoch, PhD
Laboratory Manager: Jessie Hallett, BSc
Dive Safety Officer: Robert Fisher, BFA, PADI dive instructor

Ian Murdoch; Judie Clee; Jamie Rosser; Peter Hopkin

Interns 2009:
ACP: Brittany Huntington (RSMAS); Anke Moesinger (DISL)
OTEP: Katherine Yates (York)
GSEP: Claire Grenfell

Visiting Scientists
Matt Ajemian, Dauphin Island Sea Lab (BZS: Clee fellowship)

Brief Summary
Headed by Bermudian Dr. Thaddeus Murdoch, the BREAM: (Bermuda Reef Ecosystem Assessment and Mapping) Programme exists to produce and support multidisciplinary studies of Bermuda’s marine environment and to promote its care. Key to these endeavors is the use of rigorous assessment methodologies, data management, statistical analysis, and habitat mapping using geographic information systems (GIS).

BREAM projects in 2009 to date include:
· OTEP-funded assessment of most Buoyed Dive Site MPAs
· Coral transplantation from wreck near Heritage Wharf, Dockyard
· Baseline surveys aroun…