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Visiting Marine Biologists Rate Saba Marine Park At Top...
Yields Great Saba Diving...
What is it?
BAY, SABA --- Dr. Callum
Roberts and Julie Hawkins are on Saba for 3 weeks conducting their annual fish and coral
survey. Dr. Roberts is well respected throughout the world and considered to be an
expert in the field of marine reserve design. His wife Julie is also a marine biologist,
and together they hold posts as a professor and research associate at York University in
the United Kingdom. After their arrival on Saba, we asked Dr. Roberts whether the unusually mild winter
we've experienced on Saba can be attributed to El Nino or some other phenomenon. We hope
Dr. Roberts and Ms. Hawkins will have more conclusive information regarding our recent
weather and its effects on the Saba Marine Park's reefs by the time they depart. However,
the main emphasis of their study lies in the comparison of the fish stock in our protected
areas versus those of the fished or multi-purpose zones.
As explained by
Dr. Roberts, the long term effects of reef protection become more visible each year. Most
reef fish are territorial and display a tendency to stay put in the areas of their birth.
The volume of fish in a given area greatly depends not only on the number of fish
inhabiting the reef, but also their size. Through sustained reef protection efforts such
as those of the Saba Marine Park, fish grow larger. In turn, larger fish produce
exponentially more eggs insuring a greater survival of the species. For example, one 10
kilogram snapper produces more than 200 times the eggs than a 1 kilogram snapper will ---
so much for the argument against putting all your eggs in one basket!
Callum and Julie have
been studying Saba's fish stock since 1991 and consistently find Sabas reefs
increasing in the number of fish, larger sizes and more species each year.
"Sabas fish populations are now among the largest in the Caribbean, and a
reflection of the protection afforded by the Saba Marine Park." If you are
already a Friend of the Saba Marine Park, look for future updates in your regular
newsletters. If youre not an official Friend but are interested in becoming one, you
may contact Sabas Marine Park Director, Mr. David Kooistra, at email@example.com for more information.