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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

The Potential of Pigeon Creek as a Nursery Habitat for Coral Reef Fishes

Pigeon Creek, San Salvador, the Bahamas, may serve as a nursery for important coral reef fishes, such as the endangered Nassau grouper, snappers, and grunts. These predatory fishes are important economically and for maintaining the ecological balance on patch reefs where they live as adults. During the past year, over 19,000 juvenile fish of 25 species were counted in the dense red mangrove habitat that lines the perimeter of Pigeon Creek. The results of this project will be used to identify key areas to protect when a National Marine Park is established for San Salvador in the near future.

Presenters: Ian Conboy (Graduate Student)
James Haynes (Graduate Student)
Topic: Environmental Science
Location: 104 Edwards
Time: 9:30 am (Session I)