BioNews 1-2017 Dutch Caribbean Newsletter
A dedicated Saba Bank Symposium was organised by the University of Wageningen in December 2016. The Symposium was held in Den Helder and brought together researchers and conservationists from throughout the Kingdom to share their knowledge and to provide an overview of the current state of scientific knowledge about the Netherland’s largest and most remote National Park.
Among others, presentations were given on the following topics:
- Where does our interest in Saba Bank come from? by Paul Hoetjes
- State of the reefs: 3 expeditions to Saba Bank by Erik Meesters
- Fish and fisheries at Saba Bank by Martin de Graaf
- Importance of Saba Bank for local communities, by Kai Wulf
- Research by NIOZ on the Saba Bank, by Fleur van Duyl
- Coral diversity and historical collections of Saba Bank, by Bert Hoeksema
- Shark habitat use, by Erwin Winter
- Listening to the Bank: whales and dolphins, by Dick de Haan
The Symposium ended with a panel discussion on the sustainable use of the Saba Bank and what is needed to protect the Saba Bank for the future.
We have done our best to capture the wealth of information presented at the symposium for you in our BioNews letter and hope, that like us, you are impressed by the depth and diversity of the work that has been done to explore and document our largest National Park: The Saba Bank.
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