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Connecting People with Nature – Parrot fish protect our reefs
July 26, 2016@7:00 pm-8:00 pmFree
Join STINAPA’s marine biologist in an exploration about the role parrotfish play in our reef ecosystem.
Did you know that there are 99 known parrotfish species worldwide? You may also hear them called gutu (papiamentu), papegaaivis (nederlands) or pez loro (español). Parrotfish are named for their beak-like front teeth, which they use to scrape algae of the reef for food. Coral and algae compete for space and light on the reef. In recent decades the amount of reef algae has increased considerably, which harms corals by cutting off their access to light and oxygen, preventing coral recruitment, and competing with helpful bacteria. Parrotfish are key to keeping out reefs healthy because they keep algae levels in check.(, helping to maintain a healthy coral population on our reef.) Fishing is one of the main threats to parrotfish – both intentional harvest, and unintentional bycatch (especially in gill nets and fish traps). In 2010 Bonaire enacted an island-wide ban on parrotfish harvest to safeguard these important herbivores and better manage our coral reefs.
On Tuesday, July 26th at CIEE from 7-8pm, STINAPA intern Hannah Rempel will present on how parrotfish help protect our reefs, and share insights from her own research on Bonaire’s parrotfish.
.. we’ll see you there!
This is one lecture in a series of regular lectures for the visitors and general public who wish to learn more about the abundant life in our Marine Park. Other titles are:
Coral Spawning & ostracods
Coral Reef Fish Behavior
Coral Reef Fish ID
Mangroves and Seagrass
Corals and climate change