Antigua – 2017

Expedition Summary

In August 2017, members of the 100 Island Challenge team collaborated with the Waitt Institute to collect mosaic imagery in Antigua, part of the Leeward Islands in Caribbean. This expedition is a continuation of work conducted by the 100 Island Challenge intitaive throughout the Caribbean. Prior efforts in the region include surveys around the Netherland Atilles and Windward Islands, namely Curacao, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Saba, Saba Bank, Redonda, Barbuda, and Montserrat.

The scientific team included partners from Antigua & Barbuda National Parks Authority, Barbuda Fisheries Department, Texas Research Institute for Environmental Studies at Sam Houston State University, The University of the West Indies at Mona, National Environment and Planning Agency in Jamaica, The Montserrat Reef Project, and Flora and Fauna International. The expediition goal was to conduct baseline surveys in the Nelson’s Dockyard National Park on the southern coast of Antigua. Two dive teams conducted both coral reef surveys (20 sites) and seasgrass surveys (20 sites) at locations within the park identified by the National Park Authoirty and the Waitt Institute. The dive team followed guidelines developed by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) to monitor the seagrass beds and coral reef areas, quantifying the fish assemblages and benthic communites in Antigua’s National Park. In conjunction with the GCRMN surveys, the 100 Island Challenge team collected large area images at 12 of the 20 coral reef sites, establing permanent monitoring sites to be re-surveyed in 2 years.

Scientific Team

Lindsay Bonito, Staff Researcher, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Sho Kodera, Graduate Student, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Andy Estep, Science Manager, Waitt Institute
Robin Ramdeen, Site Manager Barbuda & Montserrat, Waitt Institute

Ruleo Camacho, Natural Resource Officer, National Parks Authority, Antigua & Barbuda
Jasiel Murphy, Environmental Officer, National Parks Authority, Antigua & Barbuda
Dr. Brian Cooper, Coordinator, National Parks Authority, Antigua & Barbuda

Roy, Boat Driver, Barbuda Fisheries
Alexander Desuza, Boat Driver, Barbuda Fisheries
Bess, Boat Driver, Barbuda Fisheries
Isha, Boat Driver, Barbuda Fisheries

Dr. Philip Matich, Postdoctoral Fellow, Texas Research Institute for Environmental Studies, Sam Houston State University

Gina Marie Maddix, Scientific Officer, The University of the West Indies at Mona

Emmy Aston, Co-Founder, Montserrat Reef Project
Andrew Myers, Co-Founder, Montserrat Reef Project

Monique Curtis, Environmental Officer, National Environment and Planning Agency, Jamaica

Sophia Steele, Flora and Fauna International