BioNews 13 - February 2014
This month’s issue profiles several scientific discoveries with new implications for conservation in the Dutch Caribbean. On St. Eustatius, the first evidence of a rat stealing a seabird egg from a nest was captured with the use of camera traps – a component of STENAPA’s Red-billed Tropicbird conservation work. On Curaçao, a research team from Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands carried out dedicated surveys on crabs, shrimps and molluscs living in association with corals and other invertebrate hosts. The study yields several new species records for Curaçao, new symbiotic associations and possibly even species new to science.
Caribbean-wide, lionfish removal efforts have been a major component of conservation action in regards to this invasive predator. New evidence suggests this could be a permanent, but successful solution in controlling and limiting the impacts of the Lionfish. Additionally, the lionfish control website (www. lionfishcontrol.org), originally set up by STINAPA Bonaire and DCNA to support and monitor lionfish control efforts has been expanded to include Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten.