Wednesday, September 12, 2012

3D Photogrammetry of a brain coral

These 2 videos show a 3D render of a small brain coral from Bermuda. The program Autodesk 123 Catch generated the 3D wireframe model from a series of 40 photographs, all in less than 15 minutes.

We plan to use this technology to measure coral growth in 3D, as well as develop 3D models of coral reef benthic communities from underwater photo or video sets.

Stay tuned for more 3D fun in the weeks ahead!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Coral spawn!

Here are some close-up shots of coral spawn we passed by out near Chub Beacon yesterday (Aug 12). Interesting how it forms striated streaks of dense and sparse planula. The large slick was many 100s of meters across. The entire lagoon was becalmed, presumably by mucus, and water clarity was much reduced. Photos (c) BREAM 2012 (Jessie Murdoch & Thad Murdoch)

Friday, June 1, 2012

A new B.R.E.A.M. logo

We are moving on from baseline assessment of Bermuda's coral reefs and other marine habitats, and forward to focus on both long-term monitoring of critical marine habitats and national marine policy analysis.

To celebrate the exciting new agenda, we have changed our logo, and modified our name.

Our mission: To support the conservation of Bermuda's healthy marine ecosystem!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Happy Bermuda Day - May 24th!

Gray Snappers chase fry at the mouth of the natural tunnel at
Eastern Blue Cut, a marine protected area.

Bermuda Day; the first day Bermudians "take the plunge" literally and go for the first swim of summer!

Have a great weekend out on the water, at the beach, or in Town at the Parade!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

PROTECTED SPECIES AMENDMENT ACT 2011 - updated 17th January 2012


BR 6/ 2012
The Minister responsible for conservation services, in exercise of the power conferred by section 9 of the Protected Species Amendment Act 2011, gives the following Notice:
1 This Notice may be cited as the Protected Species Amendment Act 2011 Commencement Day Notice 2012.
2 The Protected Species Amendment Act 2011 shall come into operation on 20 January 2012.
Made this 17th day of January 2012
Minister of Public Works
BR 7/ 2012
The Minister responsible for conservation services, in exercise of the power conferred by sections 5 and 5A of the Protected Species Act 2003, makes the following Order:
1 This Order may be cited as the Protected Species Order 2012.
Protected species
2 The species of plants and animals set out in the Schedule to this Order are classified as critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable in accordance with the criteria set out in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN) and are declared to be protected species.
Level of protection
3 The species of plants and animals set out in the Schedule to this Order are classified as level 1, level 2 or level 3 in accordance with the criteria set out in section 5A of, and the Schedule to, the Protected Species Act 2003.
4 The Protected Species Order 2007 and the Protected Species Notice of Intention 2011 are revoked.
(paragraph 2 and 3)
Bermuda Petrel or Cahow (Pterodroma cahow) (E) EN (D)
White-tailed Tropic Bird (Phaethon lepturus catesbyi) (N) VU (D1 + 2)
White-eyed Vireo or Chick-of-the-Village (Vireo griseus
bermudianus) (E) VU (D1 + 2)
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) (N) VU
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) (N) VU
Cave Amphipods
Idunella sketi (E) CR (B1 + 2C)
Cocoharpinia iliffei (E) CR (B1 + 2C)
Pseudoniphargus grandimanus (E) CR (B1 + 2C)
Bermudagidiella bermudensis (E) CR (B1 + 2C)
Ingolfiella longipes (E) CR (B1 + 2C)
Cave Copepods
Antriscopia prehensilis (E) CR (B1 + 2C)
Erebonectes nesioticus (E) CR (B1 + 2C)
Paracyclopia naessi (E) CR (B1 + 2C)
Speleophria bivexilla (E) CR (B1 + 2C)
Speleophriopsis scottodicarloi (E) CR (B1 + 2C)
Nanocopia minuta (E) CR (B1 + 2C)
Speleoithona bermudensis (E) CR (B1 + 2C)
Cave Isopods
Atlantasellus cavernicolus (E) CR (B1 + 2C)
Currassanthura bermudensis (E) CR (B1 + 2C)
Arubolana aruboides (E) CR (B1 + 2C)
Cave Mysids
Platyops sterreri (E) CR (B1 + 2C)
Cave Ostracods
Spelaeoecia bermudensis (E) CR (B1 + 2C)
Cave Mictaceans
Mictocaris halope (E) CR (B1 + 2C)
Segmented Worms
Phallodriloides macmasterae (E) CR (B1 + 2C)
Cave Shrimps
Typhlatya iliffei (E) CR (B1 + 2C)
Procaris chacei (E) CR (B1 + 2C)
Barbouria cubensis (N) CR (B1 + 2C)
Parhippolyte sterreri (N) CR (B1 + 2C)
Governor Laffan’s Fern (Diplazium laffanianum) (E) CR (D)
Bermuda Shield Fern (Goniopteris bermudiana) (E) CR (B2)
Bermuda Cave Fern (Ctenitis sloanei) (N) CR (B1)
Long Spleenwort (Asplenium heterochroum) (N) EN (C2a)
Toothed Spleenwort (Asplenium dentatum) (N) EN (B1a, b)
Ten-day or Leatherleaf Fern (Rumohra adiantiformis) (N) CR (D)
Longsnout Seahorse (Hippocampus reidi) (N) VU (D)
Lined Seahorse (Hippocampus erectus) (N) VU (A4c, d)
Gag (Mycteroperca microlepis) (N) VU (A1b, d + 2d)
Tiger Grouper (Mycteroperca tigris) (N) EN (A1d)
Mutton Hamlet (Alphestes afer) (N) CR (A1d)
Nassau Grouper (Epinephelus striatus) (N) EN (A2a, d)
Snowy Grouper (Epinephelus niveatus) (N) VU (A1d + 2d, B1 + 2e)
Freshwater Molluscs
Ancylus bermudensis (E) CR (D)
Pisidium volutabundum (E) CR (D)
Land Crabs
Land Hermit Crab (Coenobita clypeatus) (N) VU
Giant Land Crab (Cardisoma guanhumi) (N) VU
Marine Mammals
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) (N) VU
Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) (N) VU (A1d)
Marine Molluscs
Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) (N) EN (B2a, biii)
Bermuda Campylopus (Campylopus bermudianus) (E) CR (C)
Rays and Skates
Spotted Eagle Ray (Aetobatus narinari) (N) VU (A2d)
Bermuda Skink (Eumeces longirostris) (E) CR (B1, B2b, c, d, e)
Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) (N) EN (A1b, d)
Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) (N) CR (A1b, d)
Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta) (N) EN (A1a, b, d)
Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) (N) CR (A1a, b, d)
Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) (N) VU (A1b, d + 2d)
Terrestrial Snail
Poecilozonites circumfirmatus (E) CR (A2, B2a)
Bermuda Killifish (Fundulus bermudae) (E) EN
Killifish (Fundulus relictus) (E) EN
American Eel (Anguilla rostrata) (N) VU
European Eel (Anguilla anguilla) (N) CR (A2bd + 4bd)
Flowering Plants
Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) (N) VU
Black Mangrove (Avicennia germinans) (N) VU
Yellow Wood Tree (Zanthoxylum flavum) (N) CR
Marine Molluscs
Bermuda Sand Scallop (Euvola ziczac) (N) EN
Calico Scallop (Argopecten gibbus) (N) EN
Marine Plants
Turtle Grass (Thalassia testudinum) (N) VU
Manatee Grass (Syringodium filiforme) (N) VU
Shoal Grass (Halodule sp.) (N) VU
Shoal Grass (Halodule bermudensis) (E) CR
Paddle Grass (Halophila decipiens) (N) VU
Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) (N) VU
Flowering Plants
Bermuda Sedge (Carex bermudiana) (E) CR
Wild Bermuda Pepper (Peperomia septentrionalis) (E) CR
Wild Bermuda Bean (Phaseolus lignosus) (E) CR
Darrell’s Fleabane (Erigeron darrelliannus) (E) VU
Bermuda Bedstraw (Galium bermudense) (N) EN
St. Andrew’s Cross (Hypericum hypericoides) (N) CR
Bermuda Snowberry (Chiococca alba) (N) VU
Bermuda Cedar (Juniperus bermudiana) (E) VU
Bermuda Palmetto (Sabal bermudana) (E) VU
Bermuda Olivewood (Cassine laneana) (E) VU
CR= Critically Endangered
EN= Endangered
VU= Vulnerable
(E)= Endemic, only found in Bermuda
(N)= Native, indigenous to Bermuda and other places
Made this 17th day of January 2012
Minister of Public Works