Department of Marine and Environmental Science

Underwater robots used to improve study of Bonaire coral reefs

Professor Mark Patterson and colleagues used underwater robots to survey deepwater environments around one of the world’s best-known marine protected areas, the island of Bonaire. A new method was developed using acoustic instruments carried by the robots to quantify the diversity of seafloor types, which allows efficient mapping of areas where new species may be found.

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Despite conflicts, many Florida anglers support shark conservation

While results of a survey of Florida anglers revealed that potential conflicts with other fisheries may impede shark conservation efforts, most were supportive of both conservation and sustainable fisheries goals. Assistant Professor Steven Scyphers’ work highlights the importance for management of understanding stakeholder attitudes and perceptions.

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