Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Previous BREAM news articles in the Royal Gazette re-linked

Below are restored links to BREAM news articles in the Royal Gazette from 2000 to 2009 that were lost when the newspaper changed their website.

Bermuda's reef healthy despite global warming

coral reefs to continue thriving while others have succumbed to the effects of global warming and El Nino.
DATE: May 22, 2000

Giving the ocean a medical

A new project launched by the Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo will help pinpoint the healthiest areas of the ocean that surround the Island. Today is World Oceans Day and along with the Bermuda Reef Ecosystem Assessment and Mapping (BREAM)...
DATE: June 08, 2004

Bermuda could be a 'Noah's Ark' for reefs

Bermuda's coral reefs are in such good shape compared to the Caribbean that they could be used as a "Noah's Ark" to re-populate destroyed reefs elsewhere. That was the positive news from Dr. Thad Murdoch of Bermuda Zoological Society (BZS), who is...
DATE: July 01, 2008

Coral reefs are Bermuda's 'crown jewels'

The Island's coral reefs are its "crown jewels" and should be protected at all costs, say two leading scientists. Dr. John Ogden and Dr. William Precht have spent the past few days diving Bermuda's reefs to report on their health at a global summit,...
DATE: July 04, 2008

The coral that lies beneath the waves

A TEAM of scientists was on the island this week in the lead-in to a prestigious conference discussing coral reefs around the world. Hosted by the Bermuda Zoological Society, the group spent much of its time diving on various reef sites. Their...
DATE: July 04, 2008 |

The importance of taking a vast 'snapshot' of Island's coral reefs

Scientists have produced an aquatic road map of our underwater realm, which will not only help divers and marine users but assist in the protection of our coral reefs for future generations. The Bermuda Reef Ecosystem Assessment and...
DATE: August 18, 2008

Island featured on Google Earth site

People around the globe can now dive into the beauty of Bermuda's aquamarine waters from their laptop. The Island's marine treasures are featured in the latest version of Google Earth, launched yesterday on the World Wide Web. Bermuda is one of 11...
DATE: February 03, 2009

 Scientists moving coral away from King's Wharf

Coral is being moved from a 100-year-old wreck to a new home to prevent damage by cruise ships. A team is removing the coral on the wreck of a tug that was used to build the King's Wharf, in Dockyard, and which is next to the new cruise ship pier.

DATE: March 20, 2009


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Bermuda Reef Ecosystem Assessment and Mapping Programme

Bermuda Reef Ecosystem Assessment and Mapping Programme
Chief Scientist: Dr. Thaddeus J. T. Murdoch, Ph.D.

The B.R.E.A.M. programme was started in 2002 with the mandate to collect the scientific information needed to better enable the management and conservation of Bermuda’s marine organisms and habitats. The programme amalgamated many of the marine components of the Bermuda Biodiversity Project, which was started in 1996 by Dr. Wolfgang Sterrer, Curator of the Natural History Museum, and managed by Dr. Annie Glasspool. Since 2002 some of the major accomplishments of the members of the B.R.E.A.M. programme include:
  • Mapping all coral reefs across the Bermuda Platform to a depth of 50 m
  • Baseline surveys of fish and benthic community structure at 55 seagrass meadows and within over 200 coral reef sites from inshore to 30-m depth
  • Producing a comprehensive biodiversity database accessible locally via the BNHM and globally through the REEF organization. www.reef.org and AGRRA www.agrra.org
  • Documenting the history and extent of a massive seagrass die-off event in the lagoon, in which over 400 ha of seagrass was lost
  • Training over 30 undergraduate and graduate interns from Bermuda and the world
  • Successfully acquiring research funding from major funding sources in the United States of America and the United Kingdom
  • Presenting over 20 local and international lectures and posters
  • Invited to host  a week-long field trip to 10 visiting scientists, as part of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium in 2008
  • Produced research reports and publications and a book chapter documenting the marine ecology of Bermuda.