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Planning the Future of Bermuda’s Marine Resources

Since 2013, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) has hosted marine planning coordinator Kevin Mayall, who has assisted the government of Bermuda with its investigation of marine planning policy options. The approach is the first of its kind for the island, and involves a multi-year process of working collaboratively with government departments, ocean stakeholders, local and overseas scientists, commercial interests, conservation groups, and the general public to look at ways to create a plan for maintaining a healthy and productive…


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The Science of Shark Oil Barometers

Outside many homes on Bermuda, curious-looking bottles hang from porches. These are shark oil barometers, homemade devices that for nearly 300 years have been used by islanders who swear that the oil can predict the severity of approaching storms and…


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Coral Bleaching

Elevated ocean temperatures have threatened coral reefs around the world for over a year, but this October marked a tipping point.  NOAA scientists declared the onset of a global coral reef bleaching event impacting coral reefs in every ocean basin,…


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New BIOS gliders launched offshore Bermuda on first mission

BIOS’ newest gliders made their research debut in late September when they slipped into waters near St. David’s Head and headed to a predetermined destination 50 miles offshore Bermuda. For the next nine months, the duo known as Jack and…


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By The Numbers

Two years ago, Mount St. Agnes teacher Tony Makowski set out to track just how many disposable plastic water bottles the students at MSA were using. As part of their waste-free initiative, the school installed four refill stations in the…

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The Oleander Project: Packing Science into a Weekly Shipping Routine

Since the late 1970s, the Oleander has transported all manner of goods to Bermuda while also serving as a “volunteer observing ship” that collects oceanographic data while in transit. Observers from NOAA have launched instruments called bathythermographs off the ship…